To ponder over this, I'll bring an excerpt from Ali Sina's article: Islamophobia.
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I hope for your enlightening comments over this subject.You have the temerity to demand that Islam be recognized as a contributor to this civilization? What has been the contribution of Islam to western civilization?
You claim that “Islamic values are not only compatible with the western values they are almost identical.” Do the Westerners practice polygamy, wife-beating, stoning, hand-chopping, flogging, beheading, clitoridectomy or honor-killing? What is it that you find identical between western civilization and Islamic barbarity? Is democracy an Islamic value adopted by the Westerners? Is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights an Islamic concept?
You say “Western culture is in fact based on Muslim culture”. Sir, Islam does not have a culture. What you mistake as Islamic culture is the culture of the civilized countries that Islam subdued. That culture is destroyed now. Is there any reference to Algebra, Chemistry, Astronomy, architecture, Medicine or philosophy in the Quran? Does Islam encourage poetry, sculpture, painting, dance or music? These are the foundations of any culture and Islam has nothing to do with them. Many of the exponents of these sciences and arts in Islamic countries were apostates. Terrorism however, is very Islamic. The Quran is full of verses that advocate murder, decapitation, genocide and terror. So you can say "Islamic terrorism" but you can't say "Islamic culture".