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Liberal Islam is not the answer to Islamic State

Attempts to fuse Islam and modern liberalism represent little more than the ghost of a renaissance. True reform will require bolder thinking

By Zaheer Kazmi  

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It is commonplace to argue that the problem of Islamist terrorism and extremism would be solved if only Islam reformed itself and became more liberal. But is that right—or even possible?

From religious leaders to former extremists and western governments, a consensus has emerged since…

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