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In the preferred mind's eye, Islam is frequently linked to phrases like oppression, totalitarianism, intolerance, cruelty, misogyny, and homophobia, whereas its presumed antonyms are Christianity, the West, liberalism, individualism, freedom, citizenship, and democracy. within the such a lot alarmist perspectives, the West’s such a lot adored values—freedom, equality, and tolerance—are stated to be endangered by way of Islam all over the world.  

Joseph Massad’s Islam in Liberalism explores what Islam has turn into in today’s international, with complete realization to the multiplication of its meanings and interpretations. He seeks to appreciate how anxieties approximately tyranny, intolerance, misogyny, and homophobia, visible within the politics of the center East, are projected onto Islam itself. Massad indicates that via this projection Europe emerges as democratic and tolerant, feminist, and pro-LGBT rights—or, in brief, Islam-free. Massad files the Christian and liberal concept that we must always missionize democracy, women’s rights, sexual rights, tolerance, equality, or even remedies to remedy Muslims in their un-European, un-Christian, and intolerant methods. alongside the best way he sheds gentle on a number of arguable themes, together with the meanings of democracy—and the ideological assumption that Islam isn't really suitable with it whereas Christianity is—women in Islam, sexuality and sexual freedom, and the assumption of Abrahamic religions valorizing an interfaith agenda. Islam in Liberalism is an unflinching critique of Western assumptions and of the liberalism that Europe and Euro-America blindly current as one of those salvation to an assumingly unenlightened Islam.

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The confusion of the document writers, who locate something that offends their (mis)understanding of “liberal” values as a sort of “gender discrimination” or a “human rights” violation, is usually nonsensical and borders at the propagandistic.

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