Posts Tagged ‘ mark durie ’

What to tell would-be jihadis

Aug 12th, 2016 | By

Malcolm Turnbull has warned Australians fighting with the Islamic State that they face ‘almost certain death’. He needn’t encourage them. The Australian Prime Minister has apparently not yet learned that jihadis seek death and despise those who don’t (Sura 2:94-96).



Guess who’s coming to Iftar?

Jul 5th, 2016 | By

A widely-publicised Iftar dinner, intended to show that Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gets what it means to be inclusive, ended badly after he was advised that one of his guests, Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman, had taught that Islam prescribes death for adulterers, and homosexuals spread diseases.



Obama doesn’t understand Jihadist doctrine

Jun 30th, 2016 | By

It is a terrible thing to misunderstand one’s enemy so deeply. The doctrine of jihad invoked by terrorist groups is an institution with a long history, grounded in legal precedent going back to the time of Muhammad. President Obama lacks this understanding



Is Islam A Religion Of Peace?

Dec 18th, 2015 | By

Days after the ISIS-inspired terrorist attack in San Bernardino, President Obama’s address to the nation concerning the threat of ISIS missed the mark. In fact, President Obama seemed at times to be more concerned with Americans ostracizing Muslim communities through “suspicion and hate” than he was with protecting innocent American civilians from murder in the name of radical Islam.



Sex Slavery and the Islamic State

Jul 3rd, 2015 | By

The Islamic State in the fourth edition of its magazine Dabiq it aggressively promoted sex slavery as an Islamic practice, arguing that the practice conforms to the teaching and example of Muhammad and his companions. Is this acceptance of sex slavery a part of mainstream Islamic thought?



Challenging Islam’s Warrant to Kill

Apr 7th, 2015 | By

The fundamental problem in Islam today is that the majority of otherwise peaceful and law-abiding Muslims are unwilling to acknowledge, much less to repudiate, the theological warrant for intolerance and violence embedded in their own religious texts.



One Hundred Years Of Jihad In Australia

Jan 5th, 2015 | By

One hundred years ago today, a lethal jihad attack was staged against New Year’s Day picnickers in Broken Hill, Australia. This attack and the recent Martin Place siege, events separated by almost exactly a century, show striking similarities.



Islamic State – Fear and the rhetoric of ‘unprecedented’ barbarity

Sep 28th, 2014 | By

Many leaders have been stating that the Islamic State’s actions are ‘unprecedented’, ‘extreme’, ‘unique’, or even ‘eccentric’. The actions of Islamic State’s adherents are morally repugnant in the extreme, but only by applying historical amnesia and selective vision could one claim that their evil is unique or unprecedented. The Islamic State’s actions are also not unique in history.



The Koran and child brides

Jun 14th, 2014 | By
Sobo Cero, Pakistan: A nine year old girl, W*, was married to 35-year old Zahid Zardari. Although officially illegal authorities take no action if the parents of the bride are paid for the child

Scholar and theologian Dr. mark Durie responds to an article in The Australian which wrongly reported that the Koran does not support child marriage. He points to Sura 65:4 as well as the marriage of Mohammed to a six year old girl. An outrage that is accepted by secularists in the West as approvingly as same-sex marriage in their home countries.



Boko Haram And The Dynamics Of Denial

May 16th, 2014 | By

It is a common refrain of pious Muslims in the face of atrocities done by other Muslims in the name of Islam that Islam must not be shamed: whenever an atrocity potentially dishonors Islam, non-Muslims are asked to agree that ‘This is not Islamic’ so that the honor of Islam can be kept pristine. However the real issue is not what would be good or bad for Islam’s reputation.  … Islam is not the victim here. The pressing issue here is not to get people to think well of Islam, but how these girls can be rescued, and above all how Boko Haram’s murderous rampage is to be halted.