Reformation and Islam

It is obvious Islam is undergoing a reformation of sorts, with ‘sorts’ being the key question under review. Nothing has changed in the text of the Koran, only its interpretation. The conflict between Shiite and Sunni Muslims now engulfs the rest of the world with collateral damage, daily rising to catastrophic proportions. Whether or not Netanyahu goes to congress or not, the fact remains that Shiite Iran is at war with Sunni Saudi Arabia. Despite all the conflict, Saudi Arabia has just reopened its embassy  in Tehran, notwithstanding the fact that Shiite Muslims have just toppled the government in neighboring Yemen, leaving the Saudis angry with Obama for his attempted rapprochement with Tehran! Sounds like a mess? It certainly is. the Saudis have reduced the price of oil to sabotage the sale of Iranian oil,  while IS is being funded by Qatar, and whatever oil they have seized from oil fields in Iraq, and can sell to Turkey.

How might this all turn out? Well, in my humble, it amounts to how many Muslims would rather live than die, instead of die than live. It is also obvious that lining up at the mosque to get your daily bread may be just as unworkable as depending on sheikhs and oligarchs to sustain a population of some 1.5 billion Muslims throughout the world, without producing anything but sand, oil and prayer.

At this crossroad lies the future of Islam. Either more blood and mass murder of counter-revolution in faith, or reasonable evolution into a world wherein Muslims evolve into a people and ideology that can live peacefully in this world, among their neighbors, and in good faith. The challenge here for Islam as a whole, is whether or not it can divest itself from a destructive ideology, and replace it with a peaceful, non-violent and progressive theology. Don’t hold your breath, these wars of attrition are the longest-lasting in history.

About the Author
Born April 15, 1941 in Manhattan, of Jewish immigrants from Poland and Galicia, Elazar spans three literary generations from the streets of New York to Tel Aviv. His poems and stories have appeared in numerous books, literary magazines, newspapers and anthologies throughout the world. Since first publishing in 1964, he has had 17 books published, including The Importance of Swimming, Television Analogs, Love Cycles, A Jew in the House of Harvard, Poet's Guide to the Holy Land, The World According to Animals and What Walks. A Jew in the House of Harvard was awarded first prize by the Israel Federation of Writers for the year 1987. Translated into 8 languages, including Hebrew, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Turkish and Hungarian, Elazar's readings and seminars include such venues as, The New School for Social Research, The Whitney Museum School of American Art, WBAI Radio, WNET TV/Channel 13, CBS TV/Video at The School of Visual Arts, and the American Embassy in Tel Aviv. During the Scud War in Israel, continuing a career begun in the U.S., Elazar wrote a weekly column for The Jerusalem Post and is now contributing editor of LeConte Publications, in Rome.