Nu er det Londons tur

til at høre alt det gode om islam. Der afholdes stort islam-tam-tam d. 11-14 juli 2008.

Jeg har ikke kunnet finde frem til, hvor pengene til dette gigant-arrangement kommer fra – billigt er det i hvert fald ikke – alene websitet ligner noget i 1.000.000 kr.-klassen. “No expense was spared”, som grundlæggeren af Jurassic Park siger i Spielberg’s film, og vi ved jo nok hvordan den historie ender.

Husker jeg rigtigt fra den gang udstillingen var i København, havde EU’s Anna Lindh Foundation vist pungen fremme, ligesom der kom en del sponsering fra Saudi Arabien og et beløb fra Udenrigsministeriet. Hvis en læser skulle finde frem til fakta, hører jeg meget gerne nærmere. Jeg er i hvert fald sikker på, at seancen ikke financieres af billet-indtægterne.

Man skulle ellers tro at londonerne har islams velsignelser i frisk erindring. Hvis de brave londonere har fornuften i behold, bliver de væk fra dette arrangement.

Talerlisten omfatter upartiskheder som Tariq Ramadan, Yvonne Ridley, Ken Livingstone, “Yusuf Islam” og John Esposito foruden et væld af sheiker, eunukhandlere, venstreekstremister, mullah’er og konvertitter. Hele multi-kulti-lobbyen parat til at apologere, relativisere og propagandere. Et par prøver på debattens emner – det skal nok blive oplysende:

  • Sponsored by Aljazeera: Media: Propagating Information or Prejudice?
  • Sponsored by Ibn Jabal. Surah Yusuf: A guide to resisting temptation (Ja, det kunne behøves)
  • Do Muslim Women Need Liberating? (i panelet bl.a. det omvandrende stockholmsyndrom Yvonne Ridley)
  • Sponsored by Friends of Al Aqsa: Palestinian Nakbah: A 60-Year Catastophe
  • Supported by Demos: The Islamist Threat: Myth or Reality? (i panelet bl.a. John Esposito)
  • Supported by CagePrisoners: Guantanamo: From Cuba to Britain (!!!)
  • Supported by Conflicts Forum: Beyond Islamophobia: Towards a New Political Discourse
  • Supported by The Guardian: How to Understand the Quran (i panelet bl.a. Tariq Ramadan)
Reklamer

Gamle bøger og moderne dilemmaer

Fra American Enterprise Institute:

… After the 9/11 terror attacks, Americans understandably felt a new surge of curiosity about Islam. In response, scholars and writers have offered two broad types of answer.

The first answer is defensive and apologetic. As typified, for example, in the work of the scholar John Esposito and the popularizer Karen Armstrong, this school denies any special connection at all between Islam and violence. To the extent that it acknowledges Islamic violence at all, it condones it as response to the aggressions of others. The logical implication of this work: If we want terrorism to stop, we must change our own behavior to stop provoking it.

The opposing answer is accusatory. As typified by the work of the scholar Bat Ye’or and the popularizer Robert Spencer, it locates the sources of Islamic violence in the Koran itself, in the person of Muhammad, and in the core teachings of the Muslim faith. The logical implication of this work: Islamic violence will continue so long as Islam itself plagues the earth.


If one goes back into Islamic history, one encounters many devout Muslims who read their religion in ways that seem impressively modern. They recognized that the Koran was a work of human origin, a product of its times. They applied the techniques of skeptical historiography to the legends of the life of Muhammad, the hadiths, eliminating thousands of them as spurious. Muslims called this approach “ijtihad,” the application of human reason to religious revelation.Catastrophic events in Islamic history–and perhaps also a gathering awareness that the skeptical method might cut much deeply than even its first practitioners anticipated–led to the famous “closing of the gates of ijtihad” almost one thousand years ago. But now the pressure of modernity is forcing those gates open again. Many Muslims experience this opening as deeply threatening. Reactionary Islam promises to relieve those feelings by slamming the gates shut forever, with all the force derivable from hundreds of billions of dollars of oil wealth.