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The Struggle For the Soul of Islam
October 19, 2009 1:29 PM   Subscribe

Back in 2004, the Chicago Tribune published an investigative series about the state of Islam after 9/11.

They hit many prescient topics, such as:

- Islam's origins and how militant groups developed within the faith.
- An anecdote about how hard line fundamentalists won over the congregation at a mosque in Bridgeview, IL.
- The Saudi financing of militant groups.
- Egypt's shift from moderate Islam to fundamentalism.
- Tensions in Iran between hard liners and people yearning for greater freedom in society.
- The growth of the International Muslim Brotherhood within the United States.
- The story of Ismail Maasawabi, a Palestinian youth who became a suicide bomber in Gaza.
- How Turkey has remained a moderate Muslim state.
- The influence of madrassas in the growing fundamentalism in Pakistan.
- The conflict between moderate and fundamentalist groups in Indonesia.
- The spread of Islam in Europe.
- An anecdote about an Islamic school in France.
- How the children of Muslim immigrants to the U.S. balance these two cultures.
-The role American foreign policy has played in the rise of fundamentalism.
posted by reenum (4 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

For anyone looking for an introduction to the Qu'ran and the interpretation thereof, this book may be of interest. It is required reading in the Harvard Religion department for all introductory Islam courses.
posted by jefficator at 2:06 PM on October 19, 2009

More online works about Islam... The The Skeptics Annotated Quran quotes the primary document and is more than willing to give a thumbs up to the good stuff. The Religion of Peace describes itself as "the politically incorrect truth about Islam, the 'Religion of Peace' (and terror)." Jihad Watch says of itself: "Weblog about jihad theology and ideology, correcting popular misconceptions about Islam." Wikipedia chimes in, as neutral as it is at any particular moment. Religious Tolerance usually does a good job of tolerating religions, including Islam.
posted by eccnineten at 4:13 PM on October 19, 2009 [2 favorites]

You're seriously linking to an anti-theist annotation of the Qu'ran and two extremist neoconservative blogs to help MetaFilter users "understand" Islam? Why don't I just give up all hope for humanity right now? What an ugly century this is going to be.
posted by shii at 11:40 PM on October 19, 2009

This post need more of an elucidation before the [more inside] jump.
posted by joeclark at 12:40 PM on October 20, 2009

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