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Ayaan Hirsi Ali: ‘Why Are Muslims So Hypersensitive?’

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Posted on May 8 2010 5:31 pm
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by Emma Brockes

The subtitle of Nomad is “A personal journey through the clash of civilisations”. I ask if she understands why Muslims going about their business are incredibly hurt by these kinds of statements. “But if you compare the reaction of Christians to what is written about Christianity – Richard Dawkins, who’s a supporter, says religion is a form of madness – whereby Christians just shrug their shoulders and don’t respond. If you compare the way Muslims take offence at perceived insults that are not insults, but are just a critical way of looking at their religion, then I start to ask myself, why are Muslims so hypersensitive to criticism and why don’t they do anything with it except to respond by denying it or playing the victim? And I’ve come to the conclusion it’s because of the gradual indoctrination – from parents, teachers – that everything in the Qur’an is true; Muhammad is infallible, you have to follow his example and defend Islam at all times, at all costs. Instead of going along as most people are doing now and saying, OK, let’s refrain from criticising Islam, let’s refrain from calling Islamic terrorism Islamic, I think we should do the opposite.”

When people throw out accusations of racism, she says, they forget that Islam is not a race but a religion; one chooses to follow it.

Read the rest at The Guardian.

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