Saturday, April 19, 2008
Can Islam be reformed?
Can Islam be reformed? Many commentators have suggested that what Islam needs is a Reformation akin to the protestant reformation of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Others have suggested that it really needs a large dose of Enlightenment. How might it be reformed? Can you do a scissors and paste job on the Koran? Is it possible to reinterpret the verses of the Koran metaphorically or to 'spiritualize' them? Or is the Koran unreformable? Is the violence and mayhem integral to its message? For a fascinating debate on the subject go to Front Page.