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Maajid Nawaz - How to collaborate with your rival

Maajid Nawaz - How to collaborate with your rival

(9:37) Engage in dialogue. Islamic reform activist Maajid Nawaz describes how to build a successful, respectful dialogue that can spur progress. Nawaz is the co-author (with atheist Sam Harris) of 'Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue'. Available from: Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com

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The link is to an article in the Guardian by a Muslim woman in London who fears for her safety.

"I’m a Muslim female of small stature. I use public transport to get everywhere. I often come home late. I wear the hijab. I am an easy target. But I have never, aside from one incident where a man called me “fucking scum” and then left me alone, had any trouble. I mean, I think a boy on the bus called me “clothhead” circa 1999, but we can hardly count that."

It's not good that people should be in a state of fear in their everyday lives. It is not acceptable to equate ordinary Muslims with Isis.

Part of the problem is refusal to integrate. By wearing her hijab, this woman chooses to set herself apart from British society, and states as clearly as she can to everyone who passes her that she is more modest, more worthy, more pure, just all round better than they are. Her religion tells her this. Islam is not the only religion that does this, but it is more extreme than most.

Still, I am not in favour of a French-style ban on religious dress. People should be free to wear whatever they like - even just skin as far as I am concerned - up to certain limits such as masks in banks. But they have to accept the consequences. If you wear a hijab or a niqab or a burqa to avoid stirring up my uncontrollable male lust then you are making a statement about me that would be slanderous if you said it out loud. Don't expect me to like it.

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The link is to an article in the Guardian by a Muslim woman in London who fears for her safety.

"I’m a Muslim female of small stature. I use public transport to get everywhere. I often come home late. I wear the hijab. I am an easy target. But I have never, aside from one incident where a man called me “fucking scum” and then left me alone, had any trouble. I mean, I think a boy on the bus called me “clothhead” circa 1999, but we can hardly count that."

It's not good that people should be in a state of fear in their everyday lives. It is not acceptable to equate ordinary Muslims with Isis.

Part of the problem is refusal to integrate. By wearing her hijab, this woman chooses to set herself apart from British society, and states as clearly as she can to everyone who passes her that she is more modest, more worthy, more pure, just all round better than they are. Her religion tells her this. Islam is not the only religion that does this, but it is more extreme than most.

Still, I am not in favour of a French-style ban on religious dress. People should be free to wear whatever they like - even just skin as far as I am concerned - up to certain limits such as masks in banks. But they have to accept the consequences. If you wear a hijab or a niqab or a burqa to avoid stirring up my uncontrollable male lust then you are making a statement about me that would be slanderous if you said it out loud. Don't expect me to like it.

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Thanks, BoreMe.

"Secular Islam" ... is often used to describe the separation of public life and civil/government matters from religious teachings and commandments, or simply the separation of religion and politics. (from Wikipedia).

So, just what many Muslims and very many non-Muslims hope for...

I also see he cooperates with Ed Hussain (former Mohammed Hussain), who wrote an excellent book on how islamism captured Brithis minority youth (while universities and authorities were ignorant about how they partly allowed for the spreading of islamism among young people).

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Thanks, BoreMe.

"Secular Islam" ... is often used to describe the separation of public life and civil/government matters from religious teachings and commandments, or simply the separation of religion and politics. (from Wikipedia).

So, just what many Muslims and very many non-Muslims hope for...

I also see he cooperates with Ed Hussain (former Mohammed Hussain), who wrote an excellent book on how islamism captured Brithis minority youth (while universities and authorities were ignorant about how they partly allowed for the spreading of islamism among young people).

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Fantastic news that Harris has found a Muslim he can work with. I think that must make him open-minded and definitely not racist.

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Fantastic news that Harris has found a Muslim he can work with. I think that must make him open-minded and definitely not racist.

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