Friday, September 23, 2005

Zaoui on peace in Islam

Ahmed Zaoui gave another lecture this week, on Peace in Islam: history, precept and practice [PDF]. It is essentially an exercise in Islamic theology, an argument against those who seek to use the Koran to justify violence. According to Zaoui, "peace is at the core of Islam", and while violence can be justified theologically on the basis of self-defence (just as it can be in Christian theology), the use of Islam to justify terrorism is "a sham and a disgrace".

These are hardly the words of a terrorist. But I'm sure that those who oppose Zaoui's presence here will simply follow Winston in regarding them as an example of the "two faced" nature of Islam...