After recently reading Ed Husain’s [controversial] memoir, The Islamist, and then reading its myriad criticisms, I was prepared to throw my own opinion into the pond. Luckily, I came across this blog and realised that there is so much I just don’t know. My stance, however, would have been purely from a sociological perspective, as I know nothing about Islam and am not in a position to argue. Perhaps it would help if people stepped away from their Islamophobia and took this purely for what it is: a social movement of its time. Religious fundamentalism, whether Islamic, Christian or otherwise, is an ideology that grips people not because they are a part of that religion, or are bad people in any way, but because of the power of the situation (O, Zimbardo…).
Or, for a different view, see Human Nature
Notes: identity, group dynamics
I am way too tired to think right now.