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[Newspaper:] Tehran Times International Weekly

[Date:] Tuesday, 31 July 1990


Ploy to blacken the image of Islam

The disturbances in March in Upper Egypt involving Copts have given secularist writers in Egypt and other Arab countries the opportunity to raise the familiar theme of the status of minorities under an Islamic government and Islamic attitudes to them. The secularist view is that Moslems are fanatical by the nature of their creed itself which intervenes in worldly affairs. They are portrayed as even more fanatical and bigoted when the modern Islamic movements press for the establishment of Islamic regimes and systems. Thus, the religious minorities are naturally threatened in an Islamic environment. They believe the only solution is for secularism on the western model to prevail in Moslem societies and supplant Islam. …

On the other hand, primarily in the Middle East (excluding countries where Christian minorities have been created by proselytizing among animists), contemporary non-Moslem minorities are not the quiescent, docile and declining communities of the early Islamic era. Neither are they as weak and scared as they are depicted by western and secular propaganda seeking to incite them against Moslems or set them up against the Islamic societies. Some of these minorities – the Bahais are the classic example – are agents of subversion of Islam deployed by the west. They have the massive financial, organizational and conspiratorial structures that hardly places them in the category of helpless minority. …















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