Hombre wrote:One of the greats elements responsible for the prevailing gaps between Western (Judea-Christianity) and that of Islam is institution of self criticism, and constant re-examination of one's ideas and belief.
The very reasons for which, Opposition (political) parties exist. Same true for Freedom of Expression. All designed with sole intent to improve quality of life, and adapt to new social-economic developments - Science & technology being one of the more pervasive drives of new standards.
Muhammad's master design was to preserve his legacy and control over his subjects in perpetuity . To do that, he used one of the well known tools used in negotiations - "the higher authority" syndrome. He used unapproachable Allah - knowing no one except him can contact him, he used to instill the type of influence as we see today.
Furthermore, he used combination of physical and psychological tools to make sure his system remain intact long after his death.
There is no question that, once Islam follows the J-C footstep with freedom of expression - including freedom to question many despicable practices and their applicability in modern time, in one or two generations, Islam will look far different then what we see today. A docile and timid religion, which stands on one legged table
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