Stop expecting a Muslim Martin Luther. No two religions follow the same historical path.Islam Will Not Have Its Own ‘Reformation’
Stop expecting a Muslim Martin Luther. No two religions follow the same historical path.BY NICK DANFORTHNick Danforth is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Georgetown University studying 20th-century Turkey. He writes about Middle East politics, history, and maps at Midafternoon Map.
Last week, in his annual Christmas address, Pope Francis prayed for victims of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. His prayers for both Christian and Muslim victims of the jihadis’ violence were a fitting tribute to one of the most dismal aspects of 2014. But the pope’s words also offered a striking contrast between the manifest humility of the Vatican — back on the good side of what seems like a decades-long good-pope/bad-pope routine — and the savagery of a newly declared caliphate.