Fascinating and troubling discourse

Discussion in 'Islam' started by Cino, Jun 30, 2019.

  1. Cino

    Cino Big Love! (Atheist mystic)

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    ... apparently, ever and again there are people, politicians even, who mouth some weird ridiculous idea that "Islam is not a religion".

    Religious Studies podcast episode about this:

    https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/when-islam-is-not-a-religion/

    Contains the argument that this idea should be acknowledged for the dangerous potential it has, not dismissed as the krazies of individual bigots (sorry for using that word, the podcast actually has a good point about not using it).
     
  2. A Cup Of Tea

    A Cup Of Tea An ordinary cup of tea

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    What? I don't have the patience for podcasts, but it sounds interesting. Could you elaborate on how Islam wouldn't be a religion?
     
  3. Cino

    Cino Big Love! (Atheist mystic)

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    It's only a shortish interview with a lawyer who specializes in religious equality cases. Worth listening to!

    Apparently, there are a few countries where certain political currents are using the argument "... not a religion but a political ideology", and it's starting to become a narrative, but not being noticed as a coherent strategy, because it sounds so silly. Much easier to attribute it to a few outliers.

    Apparently, there's even a think tank that read all the scriptures and categorized verses into "religious" and "political" and came up with the ridiculous result that islam is only 16% religion. The religious studies interviewer's reaction alone is worth the listen.

    Also, courts and judges are increasingly being asked to define religion, and while there are legal definitions, these cases are often argued in a philosophical, rather than legal, manner.

    Really, good podcast by academic researchers of religion.
     
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  4. wil

    wil UNeyeR1

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    I'd think the Jews would win that battle, they gotta herd of commandments, Leviticus and the Talmud to stand on.
     

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