Reform or Apostasy?

I have posted a seven-part series entitled “Can and Should Islam Be Reformed?”, as well as posts exploring the option of an apostasy movement, on Citizens Against Sharia. To make it easier to navigate this material, here is an overview with links to each post.

For a non-Muslim to even discuss an Islamic reformation may seem arrogant. However, the fascist doctrines of Islam (Jihad and Sharia) clearly infringe upon the rights of non-Muslims, which makes the subject fair game for comment. My purpose in writing this series was that I wanted to see all the obstacles and at least some possible solutions laid out, to get a better sense of what a meaningful Islamic Reformation might look like. I often read non-Muslims citing the need for an Islamic Reformation; but what might that entail? My secondary purpose was to start a discussion on this topic.

Part I: The Quran The Quran is often quoted by Islamo-Fascists to support their actions. This would need to be addressed by any serious reform of Islam. In this section, I coin the term “orthodox Quranic extremism”, which unfortunately is probably the prevailing view of the Quran within Islam at present.

Part II: The Hadith The Hadith are oral traditions about Mohammed, and many Hadith are also used to support Islamo-Fascism.

Part III: The Sira The Sira are biographies of Mohammed. They are similar to the Hadith, except written as a sequential narrative, and the earliest biographies preceded the earliest recorded Hadith.

Part IV: Sharia Sharia is Islamic Law, which many or perhaps most Muslims believe is intrinsic to Islam. To eliminate Islamo-Fascism, this would need to change.

Part V: Historical Evidence There is historical evidence of Arab conquest at about the time of Mohammed, and during the century after his death. This history is very influential to today’s Jihadists, and would need to be dealt with somehow in an Islamic reformation.

Part VI: Muslim Culture Some aspects of Muslim culture serve as obstacles to reform. For example, it is honor/shame based; honesty is not an absolute virtue; there is a tendency to blame others for problems; supremacist Muslims probably enjoy feeling superior to non-Muslims; Muslims tend to identify with Islam; and it is a dangerous culture for reformers.

Part VII: Conclusions This is just a general wrap-up.

I also invite comments from Muslims, non-Muslims, ex-Muslims–pretty much everyone. We are not all Muslims, but we all have a stake in what happens within Islam, and I think the topic of reform needs to be part of the discussion.

Is an Apostasy Movement a Viable Option against Islamo-Fascism? and Which Is the Best Solution to Islamo-Fascism: Reform or Apostasy? explore the option of an apostasy movement, as compared with reform.

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