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Many people quickly have an opinion about Islam at hand. However, this opinion is seldom based on in-depth knowledge. Why not ask someone who has first-hand experience of both the Muslim and Western traditions of thought?

Author: Ahmad Milad Karimi

Claim 8: The Koran calls for the humiliation and oppression of women

Such a call cannot easily be found in the Koran. Women and men are equal. Islam knows no original sin that is attributed to Eve. In the Koran Eve and Adam are seduced, Eve does not appear as a seductress. In the Koran it is not uncommon for pious and believing women to be spoken of in the same breath as for pious and believing men. Historically, it can be shown that the position of women has improved significantly with the emergence of Islam. Thus the prophet admonishes the men: "The best of you is he who is best to his wife." Treating women fairly is clear from the Koran. The women we learn of around the Prophet have always been confident, courageous, strong women. Thus, in the Koran itself there is no reason to oppress or humiliate women. Such an attitude must be called a perversion of the religion of Islam.

But it is also anachronistic and wrong to judge the image of women in the Koran based on today's emancipatory achievements. In the context of time, the Koran shows a revolutionary advance for women. This should be the spirit that Muslims must observe today in their interpretation of the Koran. In other words: The vision that the Koran formulates in the context of the 7th century on the Arabian Peninsula has not been achieved: the appreciation of women in all matters of life.

Claim 9: Muslims despise non-believers and non-believers

Muslims despise those who despise others. Islam makes no absolute exclusive claim. However, the relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims is different. The Koran clearly states that Muslims should not ignore those of different faith and non-believers, despise them or even convert them to Islam by force and under duress. "Argue with the People of the Book [i.e. Jews and Christians] only in a beautiful way! " (Koran 29,46), it says in the Koran. At no point in the Koran is there a general judgment about Jews and Christians. There is, however, a decided criticism of a certain understanding of Jewish or Christian influences. However, the criticism always relates to a specific religious object. For example, the Jewish understanding of the election of the one people is rejected on the grounds that it violates the universal care of God. Furthermore, the idea of ​​Christology and the related Trinity is rejected in the Koran because it violates the absolute unity of God.

The Koran therefore recommends an argumentative and aesthetic culture of debate for the good, the true and the beautiful. Further reading: «God is our Lord and your Lord. Our works to us and your works to you! No reason for a dispute between us and you. God will gather us. And to Him the homecoming leads »(Koran 42:15). But Islam does not preach relativism either. Not believing in God is not considered equal; however, it is not people who judge people in this matter, but God alone.

Claim 10: Sharia means stone and chop off women of women

The Sharia is not a book in which this or that is written, not a collection of laws or a certain part of the Koran, but the name for God's judgment. Nor is it a handbook for legitimizing violence. The term Sharia denotes a way, the way to the inexhaustible source. There is no clear clarification of the term in the Islamic tradition. Rather, the phenomenon of Sharia is interpreted in perspective: It is God's judgment that judges human behavior and actions, a judgment that must naturally differ from human judgment. Accordingly, humans do not have Sharia law, they can only try to understand and understand it.

From the human perspective, Sharia is a norm that establishes human ethical and moral behavior. But it cannot be fully grasped by humans. Sharia is absolute, but man can only approximately fathom, understand and judge the divine authority. Out of this awareness, a separate discipline of legal scholarship emerged in Islam, which is called fiqh (understanding). So jurisprudence does not represent the Sharia, but a (relative) understanding of it. But it is very much a science, it is methodically determined, historically founded and above all linked to criteria that, among other things, proceed from the Koran as the first and the Sunna as the prophetic source.

Allegations, parts 1 and 2

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"Islam strives for world domination, jihad is the way there", "Muslims despise those of different faiths and non-believers" - there are more allegations and more answers from Ahmad Milad Karimi in Part 1 and Part 2.

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Ahmad Milad Karimi was born in Kabul in 1979. When he was 13, his family fled the civil war in Afghanistan. He studied philosophy and Islamic studies in Freiburg i.B. and has been working as a professor at the Center for Islamic Theology in Münster since 2012.

Claims about the Bible

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«The New Testament is anti-Semitic», «The Bible is full of stories about murder, war and rape», «The Bible discriminates against women»: You can read what theologian Konrad Schmid answers to these and other statements about the Bible here (Part 1) and read here (part 2).

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  • Comment from Denise Casagrande (begulide)
    NO "real religion", people would be given preferential treatment, others would want to oppress, discriminate, dominate and that also through VIOLENCE! It is always human inability, weakness regarding injustice, unfairness, in-humanity, readiness to use violence against other people, which lead to abstruse, discriminatory "rules, laws"!
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  • Comment from Stefan Trasser (chiggifan)
    Why does the Lord orientate himself to his theories that most Muslim clergy do not support? He could also open his eyes and see what is going on in the world.
    He doesn't have to go far for that. He can simply ask Muslim girls in Switzerland who did not adhere to the rules set by their social environment, especially their father. Then you can see how far it is with respect, freedom.
    I don't need a teacher for that
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  • Comment from Werner Aeschlimann (wernz)
    Oh God, religion and punctuation are private. If only everyone kept it to themselves ........... But now this sharing too, that doesn't make it any better.
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