Who are the Moderate Muslims?

“We realize we are in competition with extremists for the soul of Islam.” So says AEI scholar Hedieh Mirahmadi, an American Muslim woman of Iranian descent, who organized a recent conference in Jakarta described as “a chance for moderate Muslims to meet and discuss ways of moving forward.” In Cairo last fall, another small group of leading Islamic academics met to call for “confronting and refuting the visions of radical religious movements.” They urged that Muslims should be “intensifying dialogue with moderate and enlightened elements in the Western world.” Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti bemoaned to more than 2 million pilgrims during the 2004 Hajj in Mecca that Islam’s “own sons” have “spread vice on Earth, with explosions and destruction and killing of innocents.” … see the full article at The American Enterprise Institute Magazine website

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