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Islam's challenge to the West

2nd February 2010

Civil Liberty correspondent

 
Translated from Arabic this reads - here is no god but Allah, and Muhammad
Translated from Arabic this reads - here is no god but Allah, and Muhammad
 
Whether by conscious design or unintended consequence the American led invasion of Iraq and the western coalitions attempts to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan have raised the awareness of Islam as a major ideological force in the minds of Britons, Americans, Australians and Europeans.

This, together with the unprecedented levels of immigration into the west from the Middle East, North Africa and in the case of Australia migrants from Muslim Malaysia and Indonesia makes it imperative that thinking minds are aware of the historical roots of the Islamic faith.

Islam remains elusive for most Westerners. This is largely because very few have bothered to read the Koran and the various commentaries. Few have studied Islam’s history, and very few have read what contemporary Islamic clerics have to say. Islam does not have a titular head like the Pope, who can claim to speak on behalf on the entire religion. And there is some big doctrinal chasms in Islam such as the divide between Sunnis and Shi’ites.

The connection between our centuries-old common law system, our ancient traditional personal liberties and the rising influence of Islam in western societies is too important to be overlooked.

Barrie Colthurst, who writes from Australia has compiled a valuable insight into the world of Islam. Read the entire article here.

 

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