Thursday, October 05, 2006

Nation shall spiegel unto nation

Der Spiegel has another interesting interview. This time with Prof. Bassam Tibi, a Muslim German of Syrian extraction who is a political scientist.

Here's a taster:
Even the comparatively moderate Turkish organization DITIB says there are no Islamists, only Islam and Muslims -- anything else is racism. That means that you can no longer criticize the religion. Accusing somebody of racism is a very effective weapon in Germany. Islamists know this: as soon as you accuse someone of demonizing Islam, then the European side backs down. I have also been accused of such nonsense, even though my family can trace its roots right back to Muhammad and I myself know the Koran by heart.

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