He asserts that Koranic verses must be interpreted in their historical context and, paradoxically, that it is by acknowledging the historical roots of the Koran that Muslims can reconcile it with modernity.
I've made this argument on many occasions. Unless Islam leaves Seventh Century morality and behaviors in the Seventh Century the modern world will be forced to take draconian defensive measures.
Free people will not accept theocracy, shari'a, beheadings, blasphemy laws, stonings, dhimmitude, jizya, and Islamic supremacism over all other faiths. Islam - the total regulation of human life according to Seventh Century law, science, and morality - will not conquer the modern world. Without Enlightenment Islam is digging its own grave.
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