Turkey's 'Reform Islam' will be just like the original Islam

That means back to the 7th century. This article is from 2008, but the hope for a ‘reform Islam’ was as preposterous then as it is now. And, as WoJ readers know, deleting the “misogynistic hadith” fizzled right there and then under pressure from the clerics.
What Ian Traynor here writes in the Grunard is written in ignorance. But as we all know, ignorance is bliss. Good for Traynor.
Turkey is engaged in a bold and profound attempt to rewrite the basis for Islamic sharia law while also officially reinterpreting the Qur’an for the modern age.

The exercise in reforming Islamic jurisprudence, sponsored by the modernising and mildly Islamic government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister, is being seen as an iconoclastic campaignto establish a 21st century form of Islam, fusing Muslim beliefs and tradition with European and western philosophical methods and principles.
Blue Mosque in Istanbul
The result, say experts following the ambitious experiment, could be to diminish Muslim discrimination against women, banish some of the brutal penalties associated with Islamic law, such as stoning and amputation, and redefine Islam as a modern, dynamic force in the large country that pivots between east and west, leaning into the Middle East while aspiring to join the European Union.

A team of reformist Islamic scholars at Ankara University, acting under the auspices of the Diyanet or Directorate of Religious Affairs, the government body which oversees the country’s 8,000 mosques and appoints imams, is said to be close to concluding a “reinterpretation” of parts of the Hadith, the collection of thousands of aphorisms and comments said to derive from the prophet Muhammad and which form the basis of Islamic jurisprudence or sharia law. “One of the team doing the revision said they are nearly finished,” said Mustafa Akyol, an Istanbul commentator who reflects the thinking of the liberal camp in Erdogan’s governing AK party. “They have problems with the misogynistic hadith, the ones against women. They may delete some from the collection, declaring them not authentic. That would be a very bold step. Or they may just add footnotes, saying they should be understood from a different historical context.”

Fadi Hakura, a Turkey expert at Chatham House, described the project as an attempt to make Turkish Sunni Islam “fully compatible with contemporary social and moral values.

“They see this not as a revolution, but as a return to the original Islam, away from the excessive conservatism that has stymied all reforms for the last few centuries. It’s somewhat akin to the Christian reformation, although not the same.” source

5 thoughts on “Turkey's 'Reform Islam' will be just like the original Islam”

  1. So which mere mortal is going to alter the ‘Actual and Unalterable’ word of allah.Which mortal is going to ‘interpret’ what allah ‘really’ meant when he said ‘kill all the Jews’ maybe it now means ‘keep all the Jews’ and allah was just dyslexic LOL

  2. * Which mortal is going to ‘interpret’ what allah ‘really’ meant when he said ‘kill all the Jews’ …

    It doesn’t really matter – it is islamophobia if an infidel believes it, and a hate crime if he resists it.

  3. Agreed Mullah, but this is a moot point since by their definitions, the muslims cannot accept a rewrite/restructuring of their backwards belief systems.

  4. Islam is perfect, it can’t be reformed. It is the word of allah for all time and any place.Any attempts to reform it is ‘bida’, innovation, and therefore heresy. Heretics must be killed. That’s why the following article is nothing but wishful thinking.

    Attempts to introduce Sharia into Western societies run against fight for reforms in Muslim countries

    Common sense. “Sharia law in the West goes against fight for reforms,” by Ida Lichter in The Australian, August 9:

    ATTEMPTS to introduce sharia family law into Western societies run against the tide of reforms spearheaded by female activists in the Muslim world.
    Many aspects of these laws are unpalatable to a society that has enforced equal rights for divorce, custody, inheritance and court testimony, and criminalised polygamy and forced, under-age marriage.

    Moreover, the experience with sharia in Britain and Canada is cautionary. It is estimated thousands of British Muslim men have taken advantage of a loophole in the law against bigamy to avoid official registration and seal polygamous marriages in mosque ceremonies.

    Religious divorces, much more difficult for women, were issued by sharia councils in a form of mediation under the Arbitration Act of 1996. In 2007, Sheikh Faiz-ul-Aqtab Siddiqi took advantage of a clause in the act to establish the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal, which could now make judgments enforceable under British law. The tribunal also ran sharia courts. Matters such as commercial and inheritance disputes could be resolved provided both parties agreed and the procedures were fair, but criminal and family issues such as forced marriage, domestic violence or civil divorce, were prohibited.

    According to a report by British think tank Civitas in 2009, some rulings of sharia courts or tribunals advised illegal actions and others were incompatible with British law. Try these: polygamous marriage (two to four wives) is considered legal; there is no requirement to register a marriage according to the law of the country; a woman cannot marry without the presence (and permission) of a male guardian; a woman may not leave her home without her husband’s consent; a woman may not retain custody of her child after seven (for a boy) or nine (for a girl); and “severe punishments for homosexuals” are recommended….

    In Canada, sharia courts operated under Ontario’s Arbitration Act of 1991. After the leader of the Canadian Society of Muslims declared that a “good Muslim” was enjoined to choose religious tribunals over Canadian civil courts, Homa Arjomand, an Iranian immigrant, feared Muslim women would be coerced into an alternative legal system where they would be denied protection of the Canadian Charter of Rights. Arjomand mounted a campaign, and in 2005 the premier of Ontario banned all faith-based arbitration in the province to ensure one law for all.

    In Muslim-majority countries, many female reformers have campaigned for changes to gender discriminatory laws. Iranian women “suffragettes” have held demonstrations, risking injury, arrest and imprisonment. In Afghanistan, some women activists have been assassinated. Most reformers maintain the Koran is inherently egalitarian, and discriminatory laws evolved in a patriarchal, tribal society without the input of women. They also note that laws from 7th-century Arabia may not be applicable in the 21st….

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