Category Archives: Islamic world

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.

It’s not how immigrants feel that matters

Screen Shot 2015-12-10 at 09.11.08It’s how they behave

No one, writes Dalrymple,

has any idea how British the Polish, Brazilian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and other immigrants (of whom there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions in total) feel, but nobody cares, because none of them is intent upon the destruction of British institutions. This is not true of some unknown and probably unknowable—but possibly not negligible—proportion of Muslims, no matter which part of the Islamic world they come from.