Assalam Alaikum & Peace to all
I have been going through my old blogs and thought I would re-post some of them... to get a feel for how I think of things today and see if anyone has any new thoughts on it!
This blog is from May 3 2006 - Sadly nothing has really changed in the world since then, especially how Muslims are treated.
Found this article...(a bit long but a good read) link : http://www3.naseeb.com/naseebvibes/interview-detail.php?aid=3405
Just one part I would like to hear comments on: "
VIBES: You are a strong advocate against a western perception of homogenized “Muslim world", what can be done to remove the perception?
"ASMA BARLAS: I think it’s pretty obvious that when we treat a group of people as if they are all the same, we deny them any individuality and, if on top of that, we assume that the group in question is radically different from everyone else, we demonize them as well. Doing this has often opened the door to genocide in the past. An obvious example from the last century is the Holocaust. After all, it was because they succeeded in misrepresenting the Jews as all the same that the Nazis were also able to carry out their genocide against them.
Regrettably, then, this is an old tendency in Western political discourse and you can see it at play not only in the history of Western colonialism, but also in the racism that persists in the West today. Muslims are simply its current victims. While I’m not sure that one can end this way of thinking about Others in the West, we can and should contest and challenge a worldview that presents one billion Muslims as one, big, violent beast."
I have to agree on the part that says:'that when we treat a group of people as if they are all the same, we deny them any individuality'. We are all created differently..and to lump everyone of the same ethnic, culture, or religion is just wrong...sadly that is what is happening right now
all over the world.
Anyone have any comments on this?