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from AMONG THE BELIEVERS: AN ISLAMIC JOURNEY by V.S. Naipaul

At midnight they had to leave.  They were nervous about driving back later than that.  Mohammed left two documents for me to look at.  One was an essay he had written, “Modernism Defects: The Trend of Nahdah (Renaissance) in the Muslim World.  It was in the style of Islamic missionary writing.  One section was headed “The Bankruptcy of the West” (“vice and lust, alcohol and women, wild parties and tempting surroundings”); another was headed “The Perfectness of Islam.”  The was a logic in this.  The West, which had provided Mohammed with academic learning, was open to the criticism it had trained him in.  Islam, which had not provided this learning, which provided only the restoring faith, was exempt from criticism.

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