25 January 2017

Austrian expert says Islam is unsustainable in its current form

A leading professor and expert on Islam has warned that the religion is "not sustainable" in its current form and called for more critical thinking.

Ednan Aslan, 57, a professor for Islamic religious education at the University of Vienna in Austria and a frequent guest on German-language TV shows, said that in Islam too little is being questioned and too much simply taken for granted.

He warned: "Islam, as it is now, is not sustainable," and said he wanted to "reshape the face" of his religion.

Aslan said that Islam is "out of touch with the present" in the way it is currently taught.

The Islamic expert is currently developing a curriculum for a new "Islamic Theology" course, in which he said he does not want to "inhale and breathe Islamic doctrine, but to question it".

Aslan said: "We want to reshape the face of Islam. It is important that Islam is given a new face in order to be able to remain viable. [The Local] Read more