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Prince Charles is currently trying to ‘plead the cause of Islam’ in America”>.
I’m pretty sure that he has no idea what he is talking about:
WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) — A leader of the small worldwide Muslim reform movement warned the West Tuesday against wishful thinking as the U.S. government promotes an intensive dialogue with Islam.
“The dialogue is not proceeding well because of the two-facedness of most Muslim interlocutors on the one hand and the gullibility of well-meaning Western idealists on the other,” said Bassam Tibi, in an interview with United Press International.
“First, both sides should acknowledge candidly that although they might use identical terms these mean different things to each of them. The word ‘peace,’ for example, implies to a Muslim the extension of the Dar al-Islam — or ‘House of Islam’ — to the entire world,” explained Tibi, who is also a research scholar at Harvard University.
“This is completely different from the Enlightenment concept of eternal peace that dominates Western thought, a concept developed by (18th-century philosopher) Immanuel Kant.”
In other words, not the crusades, much less more recent events, but rather the Battle of Poitiers is the true source of Islamist resentment and aggression. They won’t want to stop until whole world follows their interpretation of Islam:
“Similarly, when Muslims and the Western heirs of the Enlightenment speak of tolerance they have different things in mind. In Islamic terminology, this term implies abiding non-Islamic monotheists, such as Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians, as second-class believers. They are ‘dhimmi,’ a protected but politically immature minority.”
According to Tibi, the quest of converting the entire world to Islam is an immutable fixture of the Muslim worldview. Only if this task is accomplished — if the world has become a “Dar al-Islam” — will it also be a “Dar a-Salam,” or a house of peace.
Even seemingly moderate Muslims might have ulterior motives, if they don’t even take the concept of Muslim dominance so much for granted, that they’ll do things like this altogether guilelessly:
In an article in the prestigious Hamburg weekly, Die Zeit, Tibi, gave anecdotal evidence of how daunting a task this dialogue with Islam can be.
The bishop of Hildesheim in Germany paid an imam a courtesy visit in his mosque. The imam handed the Catholic prelate a Koran, which he joyfully accepted. But when the bishop tried to present the imam with a Bible, the Muslim cleric just stared at him in horror and refused to even touch Christianity’s holy book.
“The bishop was irritated because he perceived this behavior as a gross discourtesy,” wrote Tibi, “but the imam had only acted according to his faith. For if an imam gives a bishop a Koran, he considers this a Da’Wa, or call to Islam.”
This, explained Tibi, must be borne in mind when one engages in a dialogue with Muslim scholars, for it corresponds to a verse in the Koran: “And say … to those who are unlearned: ‘Do ye submit yourselves?’”
Another example is the so-called ‘Camel fatwa’ by a Muslim group in the German state of Hesse, which says that a Muslim girl can’t participate in a school trip that goes to further away from the school than a camel can traverse during a day’s and a night’s travel, about 50 miles.
The parents of a Muslim girl actually managed to persuade a judge that the fatwa is valid, so that the girl was exempt from taking the trip along with her class.
The more successful Muslims are with their demands, the further they’ll go; the quite moderate Central Council of German Muslims just now demanded an official apology by the Catholic Church for the crusades, comparable to the church’s mea culpa for centuries of ant-Semitism
I can’t imagine that Benedict XVI woiuld go along with this, for the crusades were indeed defensive wars, and he knows that ver well. The same can’t be said for the German Protestant Church; in their regular meetings with Muslim clergy they abjectly beg forgiveness for the crusades.
As Bassam Tibi is saying, as long as Muslims, moderate or not, don’t own up to this attitude, and finally acknowledge that Islam doesn’t have any claim, moral, theological or otherwise, on global dominance, there can be no true peace or dialog between Muslims and the rest of the world. At the same time everybody else has to be well-prepared when meeting with Muslims in any capacity.