We Don’t Know What We Are Talking About When We talk about Religion
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Subtle and well-written.

Very well-written explanation of something so subtle that most do not recognise how religion is different for different people/cultures. One small point-Salafism is not a 7th century creation. It is modern to the roots. Salafism is an even more modernist version of Wahabbism, something which had no place in early Islam. Salafis fantasize about the world of the prophet (as though they could ever know it) through their stupidly simplistic world view.

Salafis forget that for centuries, early Ulama were puzzling over this and that hadith over which was verifiable, and which was clearly fabricated, and all the shades of truth between them. Hadith study is hugely sophisticated and the early scholars put all efforts into sorting them out. Only in recent times do people come along and say they are ‘Ahl al Sunnah,’ accuse all others of innovation, as though they have any clue what any of this really means! Wahhabism and Salafism are modernist creations, fabrications that try to overturn centuries of far more sophisticated thought about what it truly means to be Muslims.

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