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ECLECTICIST: Islam

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Introduction

Topic Overview

Off-topic

Talking Points

Glossary

Wrap Up

From the Show

Broadcast: 18th October, 2015

Last update: 1st November, 2015

Introduction

I think ‘Islam’ is simply too broad a subject. We should narrow this down to something meaty within islam something like ‘political islam’ or ‘the rise of isis’. I’ve just downloaded Harris’ new pamphlet, I think a good show we could have in this arena is a discussion of that book. What say you? Sure. Think of a title and we’ll postpone to next week. I think your suggestions are more challenging however. I reckon laying out Islam as a system is quite easy and wouldn’t take very long; the majority of the show could be a critique from our Western, contemporary point of view. If you’re cool about reading Harris’ new book, we should do a show sort of based on that. That can include explaining what islam is. I’d like to touch on the very act of talking about such things as that’s pretty hot right now. Kind of a continuation of the Cenk show. Which I watched today for the first time. I’d only listened to the full three hours before. It’s quite entertaining to watch.

We can integrate Harris’s book into a discussion on Islam. I think laying out what Islam is first makes more sense. I agree. But it should be billed as ‘Islam and the future of tolerance’. Or something.

I’d rather not. I don’t think we need to ride Harris’s coat tails. Okay.

Why don’t we leave it as ‘Islam’ (because I don’t really want to cover it again) and as I say, describing the faith won’t take long. We can dedicate the majority of the show to contemporary concerns. Whenever I hear discussions on Islam I hear everything but a discussion on what it actually is. Okay. I just didn’t want to have to read essays and essays of technical info. The wikipedia pages covering islam go on for miles.

I’ve done a bit of reading on the subject. I’m confident I can outline it inside 20 minutes easy. There are a lot of facts and I think we would be remiss to miss them out. This is a large part of the current problem in my view. Ignorant critiques. Okay, cool. I’m going to bed.

Topic Overview

There is a God and there are no others. The name of God is Allah, He is merciful and His existence was revealed to the world through his last prophet, Muhammad. For fourteen centuries Islam (submission to the will of God) has been followed by Muslims (those who submit) in accordance with the moral teachings found in the holy book, the Qur'an. In our increasingly multicultural world, how might a behavioural report card on Islam fair? How is it getting along with its peers? How happy are its adherents? What is the future of Islam?

Off-topic

What we’re not talking about

Talking Points

Each bullet is a talking point. Sub-bullets are topics that may or may not be covered. Usage: Read the bullet and sub-bullets then talk about some or all sub-bullets.

Glossary

Terminology specific to the topic

Hajj 2015

2 million people performed the Hajj rituals in 2015. Over 1,000 died in various accidents in and around the Masjid al-Haram.

New temporary walkway is part of a 30 year renovation project budgeting £147 billion.

Kabaa

Hajar al-Aswad, a black stone on the corner framed in silver. said to be a meteorite.

The clock tower is the 3rd tallest building on the planet. 120 floors, 601m. Completed 2012.

One of the four clock faces compared to Big Ben at the same scale:

Stoning the devil in Mina

Wrap Up

From the Show

Notes, corrections and further references

Why Muslims pray 5 times a day ‘In this dream, Muhammad mounted "a white animal which was smaller than a mule and bigger than a donkey" called "the Buraq." He flew from Mecca to Jerusalem and from there ascended to heaven. He was escorted by Moses through seven heavens into the presence of God. There, at Moses instigation, Muhammad plead with God to reduce the number of daily mandatory prayers from fifty to five.’ - http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-journey.htm

See the relevant hadith on this: Isra and Mi'raj - http://www.islamawareness.net/Isra/hadith.html

Journeys in Holy Lands: The Evolution of the Abraham-Ishmael Legends in Islamic Exegesis - 1990 linked on Google Books. Discusses Abraham and Ishamael and the Kabaa.

Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue by Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz available on Amazon. Discuss the relative taboo of needling Islamic religious thoughts and practices.

Moral Absolutism http://www.philosophybasics.com/branch_moral_absolutism.html

Pew Research Centre findings on Islam http://www.pewforum.org/2013/04/30/the-worlds-muslims-religion-politics-society-overview/