Timothy Garton Ash, in the Guardian, says that there are "six different views often heard in the west, but also, it's important to add, in Muslim countries such as Iran" about the Troubles in Islam. These views, according to Ash, say much about those of us who hold them [whether they say anything about Islam is up for grabs]. His essential point is that the reader/thinker's own bias towards secularism, liberalism, multi-culturalism, colonialism etc. determines which of the six they choose.
Let me summarize:
Ash seems taken by #6 himself. I have snarked on most of these readings here at CM for their essentialism, their lack of historical and cultural specificity, their mis-reading of Islam and Islamicate societies etc. Yet, I wonder if we can refine these possibilities a bit more:
Well, gentle readers, which one do you choose? Please let me know. My views on this are here.
Good list, but you forgot one. You don't hear it much these days, but it is the view held by only the truest believers: 7. Islam is not the problem - God is [Iqbal in Shikwa] Or expressed in a different way: 8. Islam is not the problem - I am [Ghalib, et al]
Hmm..definitely ... 1. Islam is not the problem - ''horny'', unemployed, recently migrated Muslim men are [Olivier Roy] & Ya 2.Islam is not the problem - Muslims are: they breed too much and are on welfare and don't assimilate [Talking points in Europe].
 This may apply as well: http://www.filmstripinternational.com/index.php?asshole
shibrum.shibrum. word up. yo! you gotz a place to stay for da conference? i gotz room if u need....
Yeah. I am in the fancy, shmancy hotel.
But sms me your #/addy so that we can hang.
Ash's #1 works for me. Hey, can the vertiginous chapati put me up in a schmancy hotel too?
Say the word, O raven. The chapati is mighty.
U have provided with difficult choices...dont know which one to pick ??? So i will give it a miss...pls forgive me 'O chapati the mighty'. :) ps....first time to ur blog...good stuff.
I tend to agree with Bernard Lewis' view.
I think you should attend a conference in London so that I can visit you and feel smarter by extension.
7-Being all of the above...in Monica's(Friends) words, "You can start with five-two and four and then move on to one,then six,a four-two,a three-one-six,a two-five,down to seven..seven...seven...ufff"
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