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4.0 out of 5 stars Make the distinction, October 25, 1999
By A Customer
This review is from: The Satanic Verses (Hardcover)
First of all let me start by reviewing the book. Satanic Verses is a difficult, hilarious and severe work . Since I had a Pakistani friend translate some of the Urdu where most of the attacks against Islam are, I also have a pretty good understanding of its content. I am a muslim, and not a particularly religious one, but I feel ver compelled to point out the blatant rascism most of the world shows over this contrevorsy(rather than Mr.Rushdie), I view it as a good thing to critisize religion in general because for all its virtues over the years it has been responsible for more blood shed than any single conflict ever had. Yet most of the western press says that the "muslims" want Rushdie's head and even open minded jounalists like Roger Ebert the film critic who's reviews I grew up with says "Islam is a religion not comatable with our western culture , indeed the chilling death sentence show its limitation on freedom of speech." Let make this very clear, I and most of the other 1.3 Billion muslims couldn't care less what a sociopath like Ayatullah whatever says, I live in Tunisia and don't even speak his language, nor do I wish to be judged by what a moron like Louise Farakan says they don't represent me or any Muslim I know. Yet most of you know this yet when one of these idiots says something it is the muslims who are qouted. If you are going to critisize Islam( and there are grounds for that) read the scripture itself, which for the most part is very open minded. Many events such as the prophet having dinner with a Jewish family, and never once is the wearing of veil advocated in the Quran. Indeed of all organised religion Islam is probably the most open minded , a fact that is obscured by the people who practise it (mostly third world countries living under dictators, and it is this povertly and a certain illiteracy that is reponsible for the dogmatic appearance of Islam. In the Seventh and Eightth centuries Arabian authours regularly questioned God, how can religion cuase so much Bloodshed (Crusades, Middle East, Bosnia). indeed it fits Rushdie's discription a devil with angelic features. I am generally dis-illisioned with any sort of faith that makes people narrow minded and cold, I have a natural dis-like for people who follow religious law as a manual for life, and as an Individual of faith(any faith) I think God wants to be questioned and that is why he gave the ability to question and doubt, Mr.Rushdie's book is not a fan of Islam , but it is an elequent attack , and those who disapprove should respond with "elequent" attacks of their own .
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Initial post: Jan 15, 2009 7:29:58 PM PST
Mark Beronte says:
yeah that's wonderful that you think no other Muslims support the extreme acts of Islam, yet how strange the silence from the Islamic world when any of them take place. They either fear for their own lives if they do, or they support it, or they just don't care. In any case, a religion I wouldn't want to be a part of.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2012 1:01:19 AM PDT
Dina says:
I can perfectly see this reviewer's stance. What he may not know is in many countries, the translators were killed (by Muslims, needless to say). The Japanese one, in Turkey, an entire hotel of critical and Alevi intellectuals was set on fire by a fundamentalist mob after Friday prayer (the 1993 Sivas massacre). a major reason for the outrage was the translator of satanic verses and outspoken atheists or members of the alevi sect (considered apostates by many sunnis) was in that hotel. all but one died, also because the mob blocked exits and left the people inside be burned alive. What I want to say - Turkey is one of the first countries to use the argument you used. that the muslim world is diverse, an ayatollah or gulf royalty or sheikh does not speak for them. well, sadly, in many of these more open-minded even democratic muslim countries, you can easily find a mob that will beg to disagree. and this is quite an exception in 20th and 21st century societies, not many religions have followers today that would go out and torch buildings of "disbelievers" and "insulters" of their faith. still, obviously there are millions of muslims that are great and kind people. the religion itself has a greater issue wtih violence in its name in this time (of course in earlier times christianity was notorious for that).
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