I pondered my biased perspectives on the Islamic faith in this comment, and I wonder what my views of the Christian Bible would be if my only exposure to it was from the same sources I received my “biased” impressions of the Qur’an. I was wondering whether there are also “Muslim moderates” and “Muslim fundamentalists” in similar fashion to what is found in Christianity. Of course, I still do wonder, and at some point I would like to research this more. I think the Christian Bible has a lot more diversity in it, being a collection of books, whereas I am under the impression the Qur’an really is just one book, penned by one person? (Carefully chosen words to avoid the issue of “inspiration” and “authorship”, not relevant right now.) As an easy first step, I should read the Wikipedia article on the Qur’an for a better overview.
Anyway, a friend, Francois sent me a link to an interview with Bahraini intellectual Dhiyaa Al-Musawi. For some highlights and an excellent (short) commentary, please look at this post on “Last Free Voice”.
What I noticed was how incredibly similar the “problems” are in Islam as in Christianity. For example, the focus on Hell, Fire and Brimstone. Very similar “scare tactics” are employed in Christianity, despite the fact that Jesus hardly ever spoke of heaven or hell, the “after-life” per se. He was much more concerned with the “here and now”. More on that on another day.
A quote Francois sent me, attributed to Albert Einstein: “Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.” Too true.