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Religion As Phantasmagoria: Islam In The End Of Faith

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This argues that Harris's application of science to pursue the meaning of life is, in the case of Islam, abandoned in his analysis of what he opposes. It highlights aspects of Islamic history, law, and spirituality that Harris fails to account for, and demonstrates the inadequacy of Harris's depiction of Islam. Before considering Harris's treatment of the Islamic tradition in particular, the chapter first outlines his case against faith in general, as his misperception of Islam is part and parcel of his characterization of religion in general. Harris's portrayal of Islam as a death-cult and Muslims as sociopaths demonstrates that Harris suffers from a profound unfamiliarity with the traditions, beliefs, and culture. While Harris perhaps writes an accurate analysis of a pathological offshoot of the Islamic tradition, he mistakes the pathology for the phenomenon itself when he mistakes Islam's most radical representatives for the religious tradition in its entirety.

Keywords: death-cult; Harris; Islamic tradition; Muslims as sociopaths



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