on islam and fascism
This interview is from 2014 and concerns Mr Samad's then new book which is deeply critical of Islamism. Mr Samad is of Arab Muslim background and so is not a racist. It is 14 minutes and well worth the time as he discusses the Fascistic tendencies inherent in historical, authoritative Islam dating back to the prophet himself. Obviously these are not adhered to by all Muslims - a topic he also discusses.
Thanks to Vlads Tepes.
I will enlarge on a couple of things he says.
Firstly, he believes that the Islamic prophet Abraham submitted to god as leader, but he bases this on the Qur'an's story of Abraham sacrificing Ishmael rather than biblical account of a sacrifice of Isaac and then imposes the arbitrary and even cruel nature of Allah on the story, without reference to the Christian understanding which holds that one day God himself would come and die in the place of all sinners. God's command to Abraham was meant to highlight the severity of the sacrifice involved for father and for son; and its injustice - the innocent boy dying at the hands of his father due to the uncompromising demands of a just and holy God. This really isn't fair. But to the Christian all this was merely a prefiguring of the ultimate sacrifice of God's own Son, the just and innocent for the unjust and rebellious. That really isn't fair.
Secondly, he believes that "Religion does not like to be part of a process", that it likes to dictate from above. Again he must have in mind Islam, Christianity has been the cradle in which all modern Western secular democracies developed. There must be a reason for this. Christianity itself places great emphasis on the freedom and moral accountability of the individual and so allows freedom of choice where Islam does not.
Lastly, Samad states that "the Qur'an cannot be reformed". In this he is exactly correct.