They’re only “anti-Muslim videos” if one believes that all Muslims condone this behavior. “Nigel Farage Says Trump Got It Wrong Over Anti-Muslim Retweets,” LBC, November 29, 2017: Nigel Farage has criticised Donald Trump for retweeting anti-Muslim videos, saying he showed “poor judgement”….At least one of the unverified videos has been found to be fake, but the White House insists the point about “border security” remains.The author suspects Islamists' ideas lack merit because Islam apparently embodies features (eg communal moral legalism and cosmological interpretations to rationalize social rigidity) that derive from the Arabic tribal context in which Islam emerged and may well be largely (though certainly not solely) responsible for the historical difficulties that Muslim-dominated societies (especially those in the Middle East) have experienced because they inhibit the change and learning that prosperity requires.Islamism may be the logical end point of the assumption that states should be governed in accordance with the way a set of guidelines for life in the 7th century are interpreted by modern-day religious authorities.Britain and France had sought Arab support against the Ottoman empire on condition of creating an independent Arab state (or confederation of states).There were different interpretations of the nature of the Agreement.Farage’s disgraceful cowardice doesn’t surprise me. Last year I approached him at an event where we were both speaking, introduced myself, explained that I had been banned from Britain for noting correctly that Islam has doctrines of warfare against unbelievers, and asked his help to overturn the ban. Now Farage’s unwillingness to deal with this problem is manifest to the world.
Traditional Muslims have good reason to participate in a process to evaluate the ideology of Islamists, as extremists have challenged their authority and implied that extremism is needed to 'take seriously' the claim that Islam (being a religion which deals with all aspects of life) is thus a suitable basis for effective government by God's right-hand-men - a shift towards state religious authoritarianism that would seem likely to further reinforce the constraints on prosperity and modernisation that Muslim-dominated societies have suffered.However, because of the need to publicly evaluate the ideology of extremists, traditional authority is now likely to be put at risk by intense exposure to alternative critical understandings.This ultimately may be of great benefit to Muslim communities by liberating their people from centuries of intellectual bondage.They appear to believe that current problems can be solved if they gain power through violently destabilizing existing governments in Muslim societies especially in the Middle East.For example Islamist extremists appear to believe that Muslim societies' problems are the result of centuries of Western oppression.