18 June 2012

Esposito speaks on new book Islamophobia

.... Looking at religious traditions of reform in other religions, reformers start 100 years before we see any results, and keep moving backward and foreward, until there’s a widespread effect.

Today, there’s a global cosmopolitan movement developing. Reformists are a vanguard but they’re up against a large majority of religious leaders and populations that are conservative. However, Roman Catholics were the majority who criticised Protestants in reform; eventually momentum developed and there was a leap.

The same is happening within Islam, in countries with more education and critical thinking. One can be a modern person, in whatever way one defines it, and also be a believer! [Ahram Online] Read more