“Deep Down, Muslims Feel That They Have Failed” Hoodbhoy to Der Spiegel

gatesofvienna: Posted by Baron Bodissey: In the following interview from Der Spiegel, a Pakistani nuclear physicist gives a lucid account of the state of Islam in the 21st century. Notice that the interviewer is actually more Islam-friendly than his Muslim interlocutor.

Many thanks to Hermes for the translation:

Pakistani nuclear physicist: “Islamic Societies Have Collectively Failed”

There is a growing unrest in Islamic lands, and religious forces are gaining ground after the Arab revolution. The Pakistani nuclear physicist Pervez Hoodbhoy sees a “collective failure” of Muslim societies. He clarified his thesis during an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Students frolic around Pervez Hoodbhoy. They wear tunics and doctoral caps. The young women have simply put the caps on their headscarves. They have just learned that they have passed the examinations. Now they want to take a group photo of themselves with Hoodbhoy, their famous teacher.

Pervez Hoodbhoy, 62, is a nuclear physicist at Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. He has been teaching here since the ‘70s. He has studied and taught at renowned universities in USA and Europe. He has received awards for his scientific activities, and he has engaged in political issues through physics.


Categories: Belief, Bigotry, Europe, Free speach

4 replies

  1. Most unfortunate that Hoodbhoy does not even make a mention of his mentor Abdus Salam in this interview. Surely he is not bothered with who is and who is not a Muslim. So it does seem puzzling that he completely forgets to mention that among this sea of failure, Ahmadiyya Muslims have found a sense of purpose within Islam and are being quite successful in spreading it. Obviously not fast enough for this interview.

  2. Dear Abdul Alim
    I do not know if you are aware that the web page” Gates Of Vienna”, you have copied this article from is one of the most anti-Islam blogs in Europe.
    Please do not advertise for such Fascists movements.
    Kind regards

    • Thanks Mr. Quraishy: Had it only been gatesofvienna I would not have picked it up. I put it up beacause of Der Spiegel and beacause Hoodbhoy does not mince his words when it comes to being honest. He remains controversial but is respected in Pakistan foe being very courageous.

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