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wolf in sheeps clothing?,
This review is from: Manifesto for Islamic Reform (Paperback)my problem is with the first line of the amazon.COM review/product description below...it undermines everything else that comes after it. if this is what reform looks like to the author, then he doesnt have a clue what the word reform means. the bluurb reads very amateurish, as if it is by a religious bigot who is trying his very best to sound inclusive.
Let's reject all other religious teachings besides the Quran, and let's dedicate the system to God alone. Let's stand against marginal elements among us, oppressive puppet regimes, brutal wars, occupations, and clandestine operations. Let's topple the oppressive monarchs, and elect our own leaders so that we can have peace, liberty and justice on our own volition. Let's fight not with bullets or bombs, but with intelligence and wisdom. Let's give up superstitions and medieval culture, and start engaging in scientific enterprise. Let's stop subjugating our mothers, sisters, daughters and wives; let's give them back their dignity, equal rights, liberty, and identity. Let's unite our voices and prayers with genuine Christians, Buddhists, Jews, Agnostics, anyone who seeks justice and peace, rather than injustice and war. Let's organize local and international conferences to discuss this issue. We may invite religious scholars of every sect or cult, but we should not let them run them, since our experience shows that they have not done a good job in leading. Let's acknowledge the truth so that the truth will set us free.
About the Author
Edip Yuksel: Lawyer, Philosophy Professor and Author of many book and articles on religion and politics. He experienced a paradigm change in 1986 transforming him from a Sunni Muslim leader to a reformed Muslim or rational monotheist. He is the founder of Islamic Reform organization and had numerous debates with top Sunni scholars on Turkish TV programs. His latest work Quran: a Reformist Translation is published by BrainBowPress.