Double Bind: The Muslim Right, the Anglo-American Left, and Universal Human Rights

A discussion of the Muslim Right from a left wing feminist and human rights perspective, focusing on the UK organization Cageprisoners, and discussing Five Wrong Ideas about the Muslim Right.


Double Bind: The Muslim Right and the Anglo-American Left

What in the world is the "Muslim Right"??? There is no such concept as "left" or "right" in Islam. There are the sacred Islamic doctrines as set forth in the Koran and the sunna (Muhammad's sayings).

Egyptian presidential hopeful and former Hamas-linked CAIR official Bassem Khafagi: "I was the first to expose the notion of 'moderate Islam,' which is used as a means to canonize a 'non-Islamic Islam'" This "moderation" means violation [of the laws] of Islam.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan rejected attempts to call Turkey the representative of moderate Islam. "It is unacceptable for us to agree with such a definition. Turkey has never been a country to represent such a concept. Moreover, Islam cannot be classified as moderate or not," Erdoğan said, speaking at Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies late Thursday. (2008)

Speaking at Kanal D TV’s Arena program, PM Erdogan commented on the term “moderate Islam”, often used in the West to describe AKP and said, ‘These descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.”
Source: Milliyet, Turkey, August 21, 2007

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