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The moral vacuum in western world makes Islam appealing to women

Jan. 8, 2010, at 6:04pm

An article in the London Evening Standard (hat tip Mark Steyn at the Corner) tells of “vast numbers” of British women converting to Islam and marrying Muslim men.

“The women were reacting to the moral uncertainties of the Western world. Many convert out of conviction and not because they are in love.”

...Three such converts told me last year their nun-like apparel makes them feel less objectified and they feel “cleansed”.

I fear these poor women are jumping out of the frying pan into the fire, but I nevertheless understand their feelings. Who can deny that the galloping relativism that afflicts the west must cause a sense of radical existential insecurity that makes the sternness of Islam appealing. It also stands to reason that women who have felt objectified and used by the habits of hedonism would feel liberated by being covered in robes.

The secular liberalism prevailing today will never be able to win the Muslim world. Only a re-Christianization of the west has any hope of that.


Edward • Jan 13, 2010 - 8:30 am

Have read this article from the London Evening Standard (downloaded it by rapidshare search ) Frankly speaking can’t understand those women…Vice versa, I have met tens of Radical Islamists who have adopted the Western life-style. That is common in Paris and London; you don’t even need to look at the American situation. The more integrated they are into Western life-style, the more dangerous. You don’t need to grow a beard to become a Radical Islamist. You could spend your free time watching Western television- like Sex And The City”, or going to basketball matches. If you live in Europe, you can go to strip-joints. That does not prevent you from despising the West.

Jules van Schaijik • Jan 17, 2010 - 8:09 pm

Hmm.  That’s interesting.  I suppose that all of these radicals you’ve met are men?  It is hard to imagine radical islamic women going to strip-joints.

Katie van Schaijik • Jan 13, 2010 - 9:11 am

No, it doesn’t; you are right.  Even more, there is good reason for thinking that when Muslims succumb to the temptations of Western hedonism, they are more, not less prone to radicalism.  Hedonism is well-known for leading to a crushing sense of boredom, aimlessness, guilt, self-loathing, enslavement and desperation.  (See Oscar Wilde.)  “Martyrdom” may well seem like the solution—a way to end the misery.

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