How many of you are familiar with Armin Navabi's condemnations of Islamic reform? You can listen to it from 3 minutes on here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-G5ojHshjPU and in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujFMg_N_Q60
at around the half hour mark.
He essentially says the following thing about reforming islam "most modern muslims are not reforming islam, they're just ignoring islam, they're nice people and better than islam" . "reforming islam isn't going to work because you're have to convince people to abandon a lie (islam) for another lie (claiming that islam doesn't say all the awful things it has always said in classical tradition) "
However it seems to me that Navabi doesn't address one very big factor of the overall strategic equation here, which is that that when average muslims feel that their overall religion is being attacked, they could easily find themselves becoming closer to the traditionalist salafi and traditionalist shia muslims since they feel an outside enemy is attacking them both.
On the other hand, if you just attack the traditionalists, the ones who know full well what classical sharia law is and think that the ideal legal system is to adopt the same legal system as in 8th century medina , then that's something ordinary muslims won't feel as threatened by and can actually join in with as we see that salafi types are extremely unpopular in places like north africa. Then the hope would be that just as relaxed, casual christianity isn't a serious threat to secular democracies in europe and north america anymore, in time so will nearly all muslims passively relax as waves of globalisation and social media wash over them.
What do you guys think about this? Is Armin Navabi right and the reform movement is a waste of time and attacks should be made against islam in general which is truly represented by the traditionalists? If so, what are the best ways to try and critique, de-convert, attack, etc. the belief system of islam without pushing relaxed and casual muslims to have closer solidarity with the traditionalists who genuinely hold appalling religious beliefs because they feel their identity being attacked?
I find myself going in circles about this and I'd really like to hear your thoughts on this , especially Mr. Navabi if he reads this, haha.
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