Monday, July 16, 2007

Searching For Answers

by Lavina Melwani from Little India magazine

While researching her book, Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam, Asra Nomani visited Saudi Arabia, which was an eye-opener for her ... Being brought up as an Indian Muslim was always tied to the experience of living with different faiths and an openness to other viewpoints. Says Nomani, "I feel we've now slipped backward - growing up, there wasn't any divide. Wahhabi ideology seems to imply that Indian Muslims are not authentic, but I believe when we practice this kind of tolerance and pluralism we are more authentic to Islam's ideals."

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