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I didn't actually say I was asking for this, but I think that few believe that seventh century desert Islam can adequately address 21st century problems.

And if a fundamentalist upsurge has not been going on this last fifty years (if not longer) then I don't know what has!

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sun Feb 22nd, 2009 at 03:02:54 PM EST
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Well there theres enough that believe that 7th century BCE  Talmudic social rules can adequately adress 21st century problems, so it may be that there are more than would be liked who might think thatdesert islam is the best way.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Feb 22nd, 2009 at 03:25:16 PM EST
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I agree that it would be good to reconcile Islamic values with 21st century understandings, such as they are, of tolerance for diverse cultures and beliefs.  But it always seems that movements that emphasize tolerance and compassion and that originate among elites of a given society and religion have a nasty way of being followed by fundamentalist backlashes among the not-so-elite. Wish it weren't so....

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Feb 22nd, 2009 at 04:45:03 PM EST
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