Muslims are considered to be violent, yet we do not hear any similar accusations about intrinsic violence in Christianity or European culture; what was it about Christianity that motivated the world conquests of the nineteenth century or the more recent atrocities such as the 1996 massacre of more than 6,000 Muslim men and boys carried out in a single day by Eastern Orthodox Serbs in Srebrenica? Muslims are considered to have dysfunctional roles for women, yet that emblem of Western technological superiority, the Internet, is saturated with pornographic images, and the sexualization of women is omnipresent in television, newspapers and advertising. Is the West so confident of its relations between the sexes? Everyone needs to become educated as a media critic nowadays, because the recycling of sensationial images is what the communications media love most, especially when conflict is present. Islam is a subject that most Americans and Europeans have experienced only through these negatives images and stereotypes. Clearly the time has come to go beyond those images and encounter real human beings.
--Islam in the Eyes of the West (In Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World) By Ernest Carl.W. (via nathanialroyale)