West should change approach towards Muslim: Pakistan pivotal – historian Karen Armstrong

Source: Pakistan Ledger

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(Editing by Sanjeev Miglani) – Karen Armstrong is our favorite author. I learned a lot about Islam. Her book “History of God”, “Muhammad”, “Battle for God“, and “Muhammad the prophet for our times” are fantatic testimonials about Islam and defends Islam in American and British vernacular. Each of the books are well researched with a bibliography for each chapter. Her discussion of Sufi Islam, and Ibn Sina and Ibn Rushd are superb and fantastic. She discussed the Iranian revolution in positive terms and discusses terrorism in the right context.

She discusses tolerance and how Muslim treated the Jews and Christians with honor and dignity in the Middle Ages.

We post two stories about the event. One is a Pakistani newspaper and the other one is by Reuters. The results inform us about everything that is wrong with some Western reporting.

Muslims need to revive their intellectual traditions’

* Karen Armstrong urges today’s Muslims to follow the example of reasoning undertaken by the companions of the Holy Prophet (PBUH)

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LAHORE: Dr Karen Armstrong asserted on Saturday that Muslims today needed to follow the example of the companions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), who, in the time immediately after his death, had re-explored the verses of the Holy Quran within the framework of ‘reasoning’ in order to establish a pluralistic society.

The internationally renowned religious historian and scholar said this while delivering a seminar entitled “Intellectual Traditions in Islam” – part of a series of lectures to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the Imamate of His Highness the Aga Khan. The lectures, organised by the Ismaili Council of Pakistan, were aimed at developing a comprehensive understanding of the need for pluralism and tolerance within society.

Dr Armstrong stressed that the world often passed through periods of great turbulence and upheaval. Indeed, she noted, Muslims had faced such crises directly after the death of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Fitna (chaos or mischief), she said, ensued after his death. For many at that time, his death represented a religious and political vacuum. Others saw the crisis as having the potential to give space to non-Arab influences that directly challenged the prevailing Arab-Islamic culture. Thus, she noted, the companions of the Prophet (PBUH) began addressing these problems within the framework of Quranic injunctions and the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in the form of the books of the Hadith, which were compiled in order to offer additional guidance to Muslims.

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By Simon Cameron-Moore

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The future of Pakistan, and how it balances the need for Muslim symbols with the secularism needed to run a modern state, will be important for the future of the world, according to historian and theologian Karen Armstrong.

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“Pakistan is on the frontier of this present struggle,” Armstrong told Reuters during a visit to Islamabad to celebrate the golden jubilee of the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslim sect.

“I think it is not so much important for the future of Islam as important for the future of the world,” said the 63-year-old Briton, whose book “The Battle for God: Fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam” was released a year before al Qaeda’s 2001 attacks on the United States.

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