An international organization that supports persecuted Christians has a heads-up for Western politicians and other leaders who continually insist Islam has nothing to do with terrorism and describe it as a “religion of peace.”
It’s not, contends the England-based Barnabas Fund, citing a newly released study by Ednan Aslan, a professor of Islamic religious education at the University of Vienna.
Aslan found that many jihadis and “other radical Islamists” have a “deep understanding of Islamic theology.”
“The study … comprehensively refutes the claims made by many politicians and other public figures in the West that radical Islam is a perversion of Islam and jihadists have little knowledge of Islamic theology,” the Christian organization said.
Barnabas, which focuses most of efforts on the Muslim world, works through local organizations and churches on behalf of the persecuted church “to be their voice – making their needs known to Christians around the world.”
Aslan’s 310-page study, published in German, features in-depth interviews with 29 “radical Muslims” in Austria.
“Most of those studied already had a grounding in Islamic belief before they were radicalized,” Barnabas said. “However, what Professor Aslan terms ‘the intensive examination of theological topics’ represented a turning point for many in their radicalization. Professor Aslan’s study also highlighted the central role played by some Islamic theological teachers in radicalization, stating, ‘persons with a higher theological knowledge function as authorities and play a central role in the spread of ideology.’”
It’s something the West needs to understand, Barnabas Fund said.
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