Frank Griffel, an internationally recognized expert on Islam, addresses urgent questions directly. What is that actually: “Islam” - is it a religion like Christianity that has been similarly shaped by conflicts with secular power and reason? Is there a conflict in Islam between faith and knowledge? Has Islam missed a Reformation and should it catch up? How should we think about Islamist attacks other than being acts of revenge by fanatical religious warriors who were brainwashed with ideas from the Islamic Middle Ages? Or do these questions ultimately have nothing to do with Islam itself, but rather with views of the West?
In weighing up these questions, Griffel develops a completely different picture of the world religion.