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After I left the convent, for 15 years I was worn out with religion, I wanted nothing whatever to do with it. I felt disgusted with it. If I saw someone reading a religious book on a train, I'd think, how awful.
 

At the beginning of the twentieth century, every single leading Muslim intellectual was in love with the west, and wanted their countries to look just like Britain and France.
 

Compassion is not a popular virtue.
 

Every fundamentalist movement I've studied in Judaism, Christianity and Islam is convinced at some gut, visceral level that secular liberal society wants to wipe out religion.
 

Fundamentalists are not friends of democracy. And that includes your fundamentalists in the United States.
 

Islam is a religion of success. Unlike Christianity, which has as its main image, in the west at least, a man dying in a devastating, disgraceful, helpless death.
 

It's a great event to get outside and enjoy nature. I find it very exciting no matter how many times I see bald eagles.
 

Mohammed was not an apparent failure. He was a dazzling success, politically as well as spiritually, and Islam went from strength to strength to strength.
 

Now I think one of the reasons why religion developed in the way that it did over the centuries was precisely to curb this murderous bent that we have as human beings.
 

The values of Islam are expressed by Muslims clearly. September 11 changed the world, and put Muslims on the spotlight.
 

There are some forms of religion that are bad, just as there's bad cooking or bad art or bad sex, you have bad religion too.