Registered On: September 7, 2015
It’s the old tale, wherever there are Muslims there are conflicts and killings, it’s their way of life.
Ah, yes, that well known tale…
Well, with the rise of Islamism there is more sectarian conflict undoubtedly. However, Muslim communities coexisted with others before Islamism became more prevalent. Sunni, Shia, Catholic, Orthodox Christian and Druze coexisted in Lebanon for centuries and without strife. Iran had a strong Jewish community. Was it perfect? No, but not deadly enough for lack of coexistence. That was until recently, where Jews have fled Iran due to anti-Semitism and Lebanon experienced a sectarian civil war.
I am not idealising the past; it was never truly secular or equal, but they found a way to coexist. If they can then, they can now. However, Islamism prevents that and that is an issue with the religion, but it doesn’t mean Muslims can’t tend towards a more moderate position.