In the late 12th century, the Arab Islamic world started to stagnate and in the course of the next half a millennium, regressed in every possible front, from the intellectual to the spiritual. Before long it was playing catch-up to the rest of the world where it once led the way in almost every discipline. What caused the Islamic world to stagnate? Is Islam incompatible with modernity? Is Islam to blame or is it Muslims who are congenitally backward?
A new book, The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East, by Timur Kuran, a Duke University economic historian, attempts to answer these questions and says that it is partly because of a series of taking the wrong forks in the road and partly because Islam is a victim of its own inbuilt egalitarianism. The New York Times has a review.
The campaign to hound Dr Usama Hasan out of Masjid Tawhid in Leyton as well as to excommunicate him from the mosque and even going as far as to declare him a murtad (an apostate) and a kafir (unbeliever) has grown apace in the beardier parts of the British Islamic blogosphere.
We have already met the salafi jihadi Abu Zubair, who is on record for calling for Usama Hasan’s death both publicly on the premises of Masjid Tawhid and online.
Hitching themselves to this cowardly crusade are two indigenous English converts to Islam, who like to see themselves as white Muslim examples of Malcolm X’s “field Negroes” because these two brave white men “don’t take shit from the Man”, don’t you know.
First off, Dawud [David?] Mannion aka Daw’ud Abu Abdillah Al-Injaliziy, who issued this diatribe called Usama Hasan and his call to Kufr on his blog The Islamic Standard, of which he uses to criticise British troops and praise terrorists. This is his description of the public reaction to Dr Hasan’s lecture on evolution at the Tawhid Mosque:
Terry Glavin has a word of gentle chastisement for those flabby liberals and soft-Islamists (almost always of the western variety) who insist that the Arab uprisings are Islamist or, worse, ultra-nationalist revolutions in disguise:
For anyone still so possessed by Muzzie-fright as to assert that the Arab uprisings are an Islamist resurgence in disguise (which is to do Ahmadinejad’s propaganda for him in the bargain), listen to what Salman Rushdie says about that. Then take a long hard look in the mirror. The longer the “west” cowers in its delusions and the coziness of neutrality, the longer we put off our moral duty to side with the revolutionaries, and the greater the advantage to the Islamists in their ceaseless efforts to hijack the revolution.
Give your damn heads a shake. Marg Bar Diktator.
“The west talks a great deal about freedom. Here are people trying to get their freedom. They’re not being given it by American tanks. They’re getting it themselves.”
Time for the mad dog to be put down.
This is a guest post by Mr Happy
Looks like the LSE is in the news for all the wrong reasons again. If it isn’t Libyan blood money
, then it’s cosying up to the most odious of hate-preachers.
For the committee of the London School of Economics’ Islamic Society’s 10th anniversary dinner, something special must have been ordered to mark the event. Speaking at the event is Muhammed Bin Adam Al-Kawthari, a vicious hate preacher.
Al-Kawthari is known for his extreme views on women, marriage, sexuality and violent Jihad.
From a website where you can post questions to him, he issues the following guidance for suitable punishments for those who commit adultery:
“If the crime of fornication is carried out by an individual who is sane, mature, Muslim and is married to a spouse who is also sane, mature, Muslim, and that their marriage is consummated, then the legal punishment is that he/she will be stoned to death (rajm). The Imam, witnesses and other Muslims would take part in the stoning.”
This is a guest post by Mr Happy
Moazzam Begg, the former Guantanamo detainee and Director of campaign group CagePrisoners, is to give a talk on Jihad and terrorism at Southampton University part of the Islamic Society’s Islamic Awareness Week.
Begg is on form when it comes to promoting Jihad. In an article in the Irish Times, when asked if the actions of the Taliban, and the resulting deaths of NATO soldiers and foreign aid workers, were justified, he answered:
“If you are asking me what are my feelings towards people fighting occupation, the answer is I completely support them. I believe in the inalienable right to defend yourself against foreign occupation.”
Of course, as Harry’s Place habibi noted the above quote is nonsense. There is no foreign occupation and NATO soldiers fight and train amongst the Afghan National Army to strengthen domestic institutions so Afghans can live in a civilised society.
Four months ago, Pakistani Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, predicted his own death for supporting Blasphemy law reforms. On Monday, Shahbaz Bhatti was shot dead by gunmen who ambushed his car in broad daylight in the capital Islamabad.
He was travelling to work through a residential district when his vehicle was sprayed with bullets, police said.
Mr Bhatti, the cabinet’s only Christian minister, had received death threats for urging reform to blasphemy laws.
In January, Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, who had also opposed the law, was shot dead by one of his bodyguards.
The blasphemy law carries a death sentence for anyone who insults Islam. Critics say it has been used to persecute minority faiths.
The jihadis group Tehrik-i-Taliban have claimed responsibility for the murder:
“This man was a known blasphemer of the Prophet [Muhammad],” said the group’s deputy spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan.
This is a guest post by Mr Happy
It’s taken about four years but Iran’s clerical fascists have stumbled on a secret, but deadly, plot by Jews to deface the Olympic logo with the secret message of ‘Zion’.
No I’m not making this up. Jonathon Kay, who comments for the Canadian National Post has the lowdown:
The 2012 London Olympics are more than a year away, but Iran already is threatening to boycott them. According to Bahram Afsharzadeh, secretary general of Iran’s National Olympic Committee, the 2012 Olympic logo secretly spells out the word “Zion”, which makes it “racist”. The Iranians also claim that use of the logo “is a disgracing action and against the Olympics’ valuable mottos”.
But Kay asks could this be part of a bigger conspiracy?
This is a cross-post by Chris Blackburn originally published in e-Bangladesh
Muslim Aid UK and its affiliates such as the UK Islamic Mission have close ties to Pakistan’s largest Islamic fundamentalist party- the Jamaat-i-Islami. I have previously written a series of articles on Muslim Aid and the Muslim Council of Britain’s ties to Jamaat for David Horowitz’s frontpagemag.com in 2005.
As a result we were threatened with legal action by the trustees of both organisations.
My investigations were originally centred on Jamaat’s links to Khaled Sheikh Mohammed and a charity front called KOMPAK which is based in Indonesia. Some of the al-Qaeda hijackers attended a final planning session for the 9/11 attacks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2000. Riduan Isamuddin (a.k.a. Hambali), a senior KOMPAK leader attended the conference. Intelligence officials now believe that the al-Qaeda attack on the USS Cole in Yemen was also planned at the meeting. The core leadership of KOMPAK have been arrested for having ties to al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiyah, a radical jihadi group which is believed to be behind the Bali bombings and other atrocities. KOMPAK was funded by Muslim Aid UK.
Hope Not Hate publish a new report called Fear and HOPE, available for download tomorrow. The report is based on a Populus survey exploring the issues of English identity, faith, and race. The findings are not encouraging.
The executive summary explains the depressing downside:
On one level it is not happy reading. It concludes that there is not a progressive majority in society and it reveals that there is a deep resentment to immigration, as well as scepticism towards multiculturalism. There is a widespread fear of the ‘Other’, particularly Muslims, and there is an appetite for a new right-wing political party that has none of the fascist trappings of the British National Party or the violence of the English Defence League. With a clear correlation between economic pessimism and negative views to immigration, the situation is likely to get worse over the next few years.
The key findings of the report: