Yesterday I mentioned Kashmiri Nomad’s post Islam and Reformation. The Nomad has kindly commented: “As I have said in my post I think that for the West religion has been left in the dustbin of history. The reason for writing the post was one and only one: To explain to a non-Muslim audience the depth of feeling and connection that most Muslims have with their faith. Also that Islam does not have a tradition of reformation as Judeo-Christianity does.”
Please note before going on my carefully worded heading; what follows is not in the spirit of debate but in the spirit of dialogue. I preface this too by commending a search (and on the following links I have done it for you) of my Archive under the tag “Islam”: here.
I understand and respect the fact of “the depth of feeling and connection that most Muslims have with their faith.” My reading of the Nomad’s blog shows him to be a sincere religious man, intelligent, well-read, and a worthy blogrollee — of course, or he wouldn’t be on my blogroll. However, “Islam does not have a tradition of reformation as Judeo-Christianity does” would seem to be only partly true; it is true that the tradition of reformation does not exactly parallel that of Judeo-Christianity, but there is still a tradition ranging from scepticism to varieties of philosophical positions and strategies of interpretation.
So you see, I am not directly addressing the Nomad’s post after all. He has rightly pointed to the nature of the Qu’ran as divine word being qualitatively different to the view of the Bible held by mainstream Christians, let alone agnostics or atheists. Some of the biblical views of many of those I have been reading about in Adam Nicolson’s Power and Glory have indeed been consigned for the most part to the dustbin of history, even by most evangelicals. But the religion of Jesus remains a potent force, for good, at its best. Islam too may be a force for good, at its best.
Peace be with us all.