A Proposal for Islam

Source: The New York Times

I am writing this column from an airplane, on my way from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to my new home, Wellesley, Mass. I’m in a comfortable seat, and I’m looking forward to getting back to my family. About 12 hours ago, though, I was miserable, locked in a holding cell by Malaysia’s “religious police.”


The story began a few months ago, when the Islamic Renaissance Front, a reformist, progressive Muslim organization in Malaysia, invited me to give a series of lectures on Islam, reason and freedom. The group had hosted me three times before in the past five years for similar events and also published the Malay version of my book “Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty.” I was glad for the chance to visit Malaysia again.

I arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Sept. 22. The next day I gave my first lecture on the suppression of rational theology by dogmatists in early Islam, making the point that this “intellectual suicide” still haunts Muslim civilization.

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1 reply

  1. Progressive Muslim and the extremidt Muslim cannot live in peace in one state.
    The extremist reject the idea of Progressive Muslim that the Islamic law cannot be reformed or changed for ever.
    Those who reform the God’s Law will be persecuted and accuse non Islam or Hypocrite.

    For example : The extremist Muslim accuse Ahmadiyyah, sufi and Shiah are not Islam and should be banned.

    Hopefully the readers here agree that without the extremist Muslim the world will be better place to live, live in peace, happiness and prosperity.

    All our love ❤️
    Google ! Ilovemodrenislam.

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