Tuesday, April 21, 2009
In the West, we have never been able to cope with Islam; our ideas about this faith have been crude, dismissive and arrogant, but we have now learned that we cannot remain in an attitude of such ignorance and prejudice ... If the September 11 atrocity leads to a new understanding and appreciation of Islam in the West, something good will have come out of this tragedy. (Karen Armstrong, "Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet")
This is quite a strong quote to start the book with, and it sets the context of the book. It says that we are crude, dismissive, arrogant and prejudiced towards Islam. Wow! That is quite a claim. Are we really like this? I guess some people are and others aren't. I know plenty of people who are not crude but just don't know what to think about Islam. What do you think?