Sunday Reading for the Believer

Posted by sepoy on September 19, 2004 · 2 mins read

A few things that caught my eye, I submit for your consideration. Now, I am going to go enjoy that late September sun.

  • From Chicago Tribune [r.r.] comes a rather alarmist report on the Muslim Brotherhood. The Ikhwan have not had much ink spilled on them in the US media. Here is their sinister goal in America - convert Christians to Islam.
  • From Express India, comes the rallying cry of K S Sudarshan who wants Hindus to have more children (to counteract the breeding Muslims) and expose the aims of CIA in India - convert Hindus to Christianity.
  • From the Guardian, comes a review of Mark Mazower's Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews 1430-1950 by Jan Morris that recalls a time when conversion wasn't all that sinister - or hot.
  • In Daily Times Lahore, Khaled Ahmed writes about this whole virgin-raisin "controversy" among the believers. He is referring to this review by Ibn Warraq. Do you really believe these murderers kill for virgins?
  • In the LRB, Andrew O'Hagan writes about the God Squad at the RNC. He finds "manifest destiny" in NY. Ouch.
  • Not be outdone, is Alan Wolfe in the Boston Globe. He writes about the God gap at the DNC. He thinks religion was the white elephant in the Fleet Center.
  • Moacir went ahead and read Hunter S. Thompson and reminded me to continue to believe that they are wrong for this country and this world.
  • In the meantime, all I have to do is believe that the Pakistanis will take the Champions Trophy, oh babay! They did right to India today. Next up, the W. Indies.


Andrew Reeves | September 23, 2004

You know, a while back, Mother Jones had an article about Christian groups sending people into Islamic countries with the sinister goal of "wiping out Islam." Upon actually reading the article, it turns out that they were missionaries trying to convert Muslims to Christianity.

That Tribune article likewise shows that basically irreligious people are utterly clueless when it comes to dealing with a proselytizing faith like Islam or Christianity. In the case of the Mother Jones article, you see people trying to understand Muslims as oppressed people of color rather than practitioners of a religion. Likewise, while "Islamic State in America" may sound creepy, that whole conversion of unbelievers thing is what Islam is about.

Out of curiosity, when teaching on subjects that run into religious/pre-modern mindsets, how often do you find that your undergrads wind up Not Getting It?

sepoy | September 23, 2004

Andrew: I will have an answer to your question by Monday when my first writing assignments is due. I asked them to historicize and contextualize a "religious" event. Lets see what they get. I will keep you posted.