“I went to the West, I saw Islam but no Muslims. I returned to the East and I saw Muslims but no Islam.”
Muhammad Abduh (1849-1905)
Taking over Subway and Tesco (please mark food as Halal… otherwise we don’t know whether we can eat it!). Taking over schools (and taking them from special measures to the best rated schools in the Midlands but we’ll ignore that). Abusing young girls (yes I used the general term girls, brown Muslim girls were also abused but obviously that is not as newsworthy). ISIS (chopping off heads regardless of religion and race since 2013). It seems to be one thing after another with Muslims. If one was hearing everything they knew about Islam from, say, established, credible sources such as Fox News, Richard Dawkins (who told me, during my time at Oxford, that he knows little to nothing about Islam) and Bill Maher, one may be inclined to view Muslims as a monolithic block who froth at the mouth every time an “insult” is thrown their way. I am here to dispel this notion and to present something which Western readers, both Muslim and non-Muslim, for various politico-linguistic reasons, do not get to see. Running parallel with the Arab Spring was an intellectual revolution (which still continues unabated) the tenants of which I shall attempt to summarise in this post.