Rushdie Calls for Reforms

Salman Rushdie makes a plea for Islamic reform in last Sunday’s Washington Post, saying the religion’s 7th Century laws need to adapt to the 21st Century’s needs. Amen. Here’s my favorite paragraph:

It should be a matter of intense interest to all Muslims that Islam is the only religion whose origins were recorded historically and thus are grounded not in legend but in fact. The Koran was revealed at a time of great change in the Arab world, the seventh-century shift from a matriarchal nomadic culture to an urban patriarchal system. Muhammad, as an orphan, personally suffered the difficulties of this transformation, and it is possible to read the Koran as a plea for the old matriarchal values in the new patriarchal world, a conservative plea that became revolutionary because of its appeal to all those whom the new system disenfranchised, the poor, the powerless and, yes, the orphans.

Link via the BBC

6 thoughts on “Rushdie Calls for Reforms

  1. Rushdie can write whatever he wants and I will defend his right do do so…however, the last thing Muslims need is some advise from the “Satanic Verses” writer.

    The redundant mantra that the genius Rushdie wrote in the Post must have been some kind of “revelation”….I guess no one ever thought about what he wrote. These “dumb backward Muslims” need someone like Rushdie to open their minds up and to show them the light.

    Why don’t you also quote some of his lovely Satanic Verses to go along with his advice for Muslims?

  2. Gosh, Karim, that’s great advice! I think i will quote some his lovely Satanic Verses to go along with his lovely advice:

    “Also – for there had been more than a few migrants aboard, yes, quite a quantity of wives who had been grilled by reasonable, doing-their-job officials about the length of and distinguishing moles upon their husbandd’s genitialia, a sufficiency of children upon whose legitimacy the British Government had cast its ever-reasonable doubts- mingling with the remnants of the plane, equally fragmented, equally absurd, there floated the debris of the soul, broken memories, sloughed off sleves, severed mother-tongues, violated privacies, untranslateable jokes, extinguished futures, lost loves, the forgotten meaning of hollow, booming words, land, belonging, home.”

    A beautiful, beautiful excerpt.

  3. Hey Karim, who are you calling “dumb, backwards Mulsims”? That must have been you, because those aren’t Rushdie’s words. I checked. So they must be yours. “Dumb, backwards Muslims”? What’s the matter with you? Why do you hate Islam so much? Does the Imam in your neighborhood know you think Muslims are dumb and backward? Do the Muslim guys in your neighborhood? What do you think they would do if they knew you were posting things on the Internet about “dumb, backwards Muslims”? Think they might get a little ticked off? Think some of the less stable ones might come after you — you Islam-hater? Let’s find out. Let’s contact your local mosque and tell them you referred to them as “dumb, backwards Muslims”. Let’s tell them over and over again, until they start to believe it.

    See how easy it is for something like this to get started?

  4. It’s true, Kalim. At least Rushdie publishes under his real name. What’s your real name? Where do you live? I think the Arab community there would like to know that you think they are dumb andbackward. You should be posting on the White Power board somewhere if you think Muslims are “dumb and backward”.

  5. Sulayman’s badano bihoocko, as they say.

    He’s not to be reckoned with at all on any topic Islamic, imo. Art, I’ll give him his due. Otherwise, a meh among countless mehs that bellow their mostly vacuous opinions in the world daily.

  6. I guess only the last poster understood what I was trying to say.

    Rushdie has no business in telling Muslims how they should regard their holy Koran, Rushdie’s Satan’s book, or their prophet Muhammed, Rushdie’s Satan possessed Mahound.

    The fact that he is suggesting that the Muslim holy book should be regarded as a historical document tells you that he is completely out of touch with the people he is supposely trying to “help” (by further insulting their religious beliefs).

    In his life, Rushdie has not done anything good to Muslims except hurt their feelings and their most cherished beliefs, not to mention the few innocent people who died because of his book.

    Rushdie is what I call a neo-con artist/writer. He fits well the profile of the Daniel Pipes, Paul Wolfowitzes, Rumsfelds and the rest of the neo-con entreprise.

    They are not interested in dialogue or mutual respect but rather in provocation and confrotation.


    Try not to be selective 🙂

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