Thursday, May 24, 2007

Do We Want An Islamic Reformation?

From Fjordman at the Global Politician

In the 18th century, Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab's alliance with regional ruler Muhammad bin Saud and his family later led to the creation of Saudi Arabia. Another modern "reform" movement within the Islamic world was the so-called Salafism of 19th century thinkers such as Jamal al-Din al-Afghani and Muhammad Abduh. Whereas the former was an internal reform movement triggered by calls for removing "corruption" from society, the latter was clearly a response to external, Western pressures ... Muhammad Abduh's pupil Rashid Rida inspired Hassan al-Banna when he formed the Muslim Brotherhood. Rida urged Muslims not to imitate infidels, but return to the Golden Age of early Islam, as did Abduh. Rida also recommended reestablishing the Caliphate, and applauded when the Wahhabists conquered Mecca and Medina and established modern Saudi Arabia. The two reform movements thus partly merged in the 20th century, into organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood.

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