Western Perception and Attitudes Towards Islam

Western Perception and Attitudes Towards Islam

  • 20 October 2008

Islam has recently become a major concern for the
Western world. Words such as “Islamism,” “radical
Islam,” “Salafism” and “Wahhabism” are often used
without a clear meaning or content. Dr. Charles Saint-
Prot, who has published an important book on the
subject of Islam, entitled L’avenir de la Tradition entre
Révolution et Occidentalisation (Islam: The Future of
Tradition between Revolution and Westernization),
explains that the main problem is the lack of knowledge
of Islam in the West, which therefore gives rise to many
misconceptions.
In addition, Dr. Saint–Prot explains that Islam
cannot be allied with rigid conservatism or minority,
radical sectarianism. Far from encouraging radicalism
and terrorism, the pure Islamic tradition is the voice
that tries to reconcile faith and respect through ijtihad
(effort at reasoning to find a solution to a legal question).
Ijtihad is the way of the future for Islam and Dr. Saint–
Prot shows that the pure Islamic tradition constitutes
a better response to the problem of Islamic sectarian
extremists than any Westernization, which would lead
to a negation of the Muslim identity.

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