Friday, January 26, 2007

An apologist with no apologies.

I hoped this article would be illuminating, but instead it's little more than obfuscation. Witness:

"The Muslim world never experienced a Western-style enlightenment, not that this would necessarily guarantee democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights, as European history demonstrates - a fact that cannot be overstressed. Enlightenment is, however, a prerequisite for a more judicious attitude toward the professed superiority of a community's own religion (not, however, as regards its claim to possessing the absolute truth, which the Christian church also asserts) and toward its own history. Most Muslims lack critical detachment when it comes to their heritage. Enlightenment, however, needs to originate from within and reflect its specific context."

Too bad the author refuses to come to the conclusion indicated in his own words: The Muslim world has no reason to experience an enlightenment.

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