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Old 09-11-2004, 08:30 PM   #1
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Can Islam Change? (article)

An interesting article (kinda large, which is why I just linked it).

From the New Statesman

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Fascinating, thankyou for posting it. The problem isn't that there are Muslims who genuinely want to see modernity throughout the world but the ones with the money want to drag it all back into the 7th Century.

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The people with the money *and* the power want to keep the status quo. For Saudi Arabia to really change, they'd have to scrap their "constitution", which is the Koran. They'd be nuking their Wahhabist state if they did this, something they have no intention of doing. The most powerful people in these societies are religious authorities, not politicians. In this respect they are drastically different from Western societies. The social structure of these societies is really working against them.
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