Salman Rushdie on Reforming Islam
Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born British novelist and target of a lethal fatwa for his impious prose, offers nine provocative thoughts about bringing British Muslims "into the modern age" in a piece for the Times of London. Here's one of them:
"Reformed Islam would encourage diaspora Muslims to emerge from their self-imposed ghettoes and stop worrying so much about locking up their daughters. It would emerge from the intellectual ghetto of literalism and subservience to mullahs and ulema, allowing open, historically based scholarship to emerge from the shadows to which the madrassas and seminaries have condemned it."
Editor's Note: Rushdie is scheduled to participate in a washingtonpost.com Web chat at 3 p.m. ET on Sept. 13. Here's the link to participate.
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