Islam In America

“As Arab populations ‘pursue values like freedom, justice, equality, autonomy and pluralism, and new models of democracy and of international relations,’ the scholar Tariq Ramadan wrote in The New York Times this week, ‘they need to draw on Islamic traditions.’ But what would that look like? Does Islam encourage or discourage democratic government?”

Follow the debate among Ed Husain, a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations; Robert D. Kaplan, chief geopolitical analyst for Stratfor, a private global intelligence firm; Reza Aslan, an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside; Jerusha Tanner Lamptey, an assistant professor of Islam and ministry at Union Theological Seminary; Richard W. Bulliet, a professor of history at Columbia University, and Omid Safi, a professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

It’s here.

“Where are the moderate Muslims? Right under your nose, making the case for freedom of expression,” reports William Saletan in Slate magazine.

Read the whole article and see who’s quoted: “Muslims for Free Speech”.

“Radical Islamists in northern Mali executed a man on Tuesday evening [2 October 2012] who had been accused of killing someone, a punishment that was witnessed by about 600 people in the town of Timbuktu.

“The public execution was the latest move by the militants to impose their strict interpretation of Islamic Shariah law.”

Read it all here: “Radical Islamists Kill Man Before Crowd Of 600”.

“Dozens of Iranians angered over an anti-Islam film made in the U.S. and caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad published in a weekly in France have attacked the French Embassy in Tehran.”

It’s all here.

Are people so desperate for television time that they’re willing to act like idiots?