17 Apr 2006 roozbeh   » (Master)

Speculative fiction: I just read Dan Simmons' April 2006 message. As a result, I am feeling very sick.

It’s hard to read a horror futurological story mentioning several locations in the country I live, and the country’s president. It’s even harder to be reminded of the various rulings in the religion I’ve been born into.

A recommended read, although it clearly mistakes certain things like assuming that Sunni and Shia muslims can easily unite, or there is only one Islam.

Hint: there are several varieties and interpretations of Islam. I just found an Islamic encyclopedia of circa 1000 CE and it mentions 48 different branches of Sunni Islam and 27 different branches of Shia Islam that has existed then. But still, both the reformist and the conservative clerics of Iran belong to the same Shia branch and they have such a wide difference in their interpretations of political Islam. In other words, there may be a billion different kinds of Islam, one for each muslim.

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