Islam is perfect. Its been perfected for all times and any place by its founder, Muhammad. Any kind of reform is called ‘bida’ (novelty) and is, you guessed it, haram (forbidden). That’s why, when you see so called ‘reformers’ in Islam, its never about reform; its about taking us back to the days of the prophet, back to the 7th century.
Sina views this sort of compartmentalization as a kind of “trick”. A feat of legerdemain and sleight of hand as the problematic is fudged, misrepresented or outright ignored. (Another tactic, one which Daniel Pipes, who should know better, has been known to employ: assert that Islam must not be “essentialized,” because that’s a disservice to the reform-minded who want to focus only onÂ the fluffy, non-threatening form of jihad that amounts to a personal, internal “struggle” to be a good Muslim.)
Me? I think it’s more a matter of silencing any and all cognitive dissonance that may or may not break through the reformers’ denial barrier every now and them.