August 13, 2014
On August 11, 2014, the Tikkun Daily published an article by Anouar Majid, Ph.D., vice president for Global Affairs and the director of the Center for Global Humanities. The article, “Genocide in Iraq,” was published despite the fact that, according to the editor’s note, the Tikkun Daily was not entirely in agreement with Majid.
In the article, Majid discusses the recent atrocities committed by the Islamic state in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and argues that people of all faiths must not be silent when “wanton violations of human dignity” occur in the world “in the name of some God-given purity.”
Majid specifically calls on moderate Muslims to no longer be complacent about the murder and genocide by ISIS extremists, arguing that they must make their dissenting voices heard. He states that in order for this to happen, “Islam, with its vast corpus and many contradictions, must be reinterpreted in order to provide meaning to people living in the here-and-now. Most importantly, well-meaning Muslims need to have a new approach to their faith if they want, in the words of the American Declaration of Independence, to appeal to a ‘decent respect for the opinions of mankind.’”