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The Two Kinds Of Muslims: Ali Eteraz And Isiah Berlin

by | 20th, November 2007

ALI ETERAZ notes two kinds of Muslims:

1. Practicing Muslims. This person is a theological believer in Islam and the limit of his/her thinking, ethics, morality and reason do not exceed beyond the Quran and Sunnah (although these people may disagree with one another on methodology and approach). Being a practicing Muslim does not have to mean that this person is necessarily interested in imposing his worldview upon all other people (although the Islamists, who compose a subset of this category, would like you to think that you cannot be a practicing Muslim unless you are also inclined towards domination).

Prominent Examples: Professor Fadel; Khaled Abu el Fadl; Ingrid Mattson; Javed Ahmed Ghamidi all non-domination oriented practicing Muslims | | Islamists, Brotherhood, Jamat e Islami, Jihadists all domination oriented practicing Muslims.

2. Cultural or Civilizational Muslims. This person may or may not be (usually won’t be) a theological believer in Islam, and his or her thinking, ethics, morality and reason, may (usually will) exceed beyond Islam’s religious sources. In fact, he or she may even look derisively at the Quran and Sunnah. Nevertheless, this person’s designation as “Muslim” comes from his or her connection (by birth or by choice) to the geographic and historical world that is the Islamic civilization, and to his or her continued interest (even loyalty) to the material and human success of not just the cultural Muslims of that civilization, but also the practicing ones. Many times these cultural Muslims find their political expression in nationalist, socialist

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