Stumbling blocks to Islam’s accommodation with the modern world

Gibb's 1962 study

Harland Gibb’s 1948 survey

Two large ones, Dalrymple writes, are

  • equality before the law
  • the freedom openly and publicly to apostatise and argue in opposition to the religion

Dalrymple points out that Mohammedanism has

a very violent history, even according to its own sources, which may be expected to paint such violence in a favourable light, a fact so obvious as to hardly be worth pointing out. This is so whether or not other religions and doctrines have also had violent histories. Islam (in the words of Gibbon, in the context of the spread of another religion) did not spread merely by the convincing evidence of the doctrine.

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