Western civilization is baffled as to why some Muslim extremist and Islamic sects would choose to embark on such a direction of violence – the waging of a Jihad while meanwhile touting the peacefulness of Islam. Miles, perhaps, is one of the more qualified experts who could attempt to unravel the question. As the general editor of Norton, his team spent seven years unraveling the question. Miles is also a pulitzer prize winner for his book, God: A Biography and a former MacArthur “Genius” Fellow.
The article recognizes that millions are dying from a combination of radical Islam and contested interpretations of the religion by Sunni and Shia sects. In an attempt to forecast the future of the Islamic conflict, we could turn to history as a predictive model of how things will end. We need not turn to Middle Eastern history, but actually look back to Europe. Europe 's war of religion ended when the major European powers came to recognize that one encompassing re...
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...eligion has evolved, branched into denominations during Reformation – based on interpretation and upon whatever that community is exposed to – whether it be onslaught, persecution, economic boom or political correctness.
The intra-Muslim conflict is based upon 7th century interpretations. These interpretations are often violent and brutal – a condition of what was happening at the time – in that region...that community. Both Shia and Sunni have equal numbers, so neither will be able to overcome the other with a divisive victory anytime soon. It may be a forgone conclusion that the Shia and Sunni conflict must ultimately run its course until either side comes to the conclusion that their religion cannot be determined by the other side. This can only be accomplished without the interference or intervention – good intentions or not by Western or coalition forces.
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