Michael, as you say, Fareed Zakaria, member of Yale’s governing body and author of “Learning To Live With Radical Islam,” has now given us a glimpse of what that will entail. His position makes an interesting contrast with that of my old pal Sebastian Faulks:
THE bestselling author Sebastian Faulks has courted controversy by saying the Koran has “no ethical dimension”.
In an interview with today’s Sunday Times Magazine, he added that the Islamic holy scripture was “a depressing book”, was “very one-dimensional” and unlike the Christian New Testament had “no new plan for life”.
Faulks was speaking in advance of the publication of his novel, A Week in December.
The Telegraph’s Lucy Cockcroft sought expert opinion:
He said Faulks’ statement runs the risk of stirring religious hatred against Muslims.
Ah, right. That’s the big worry, is it? If you’re wondering why the link above doesn’t go to Lucy Cockcroft’s report itself, that’s because the Telegraph’s original story appears to have suddenly gone missing. Funny how that happens when the subject under discussion is Islam.
I would imagine Sebastian Faulks was asked a straightforward question and gave an honest answer. Lux et veritas, as they used to say at Yale. But I would bet that, in the long run, the Zakaria approach will prevail.
(Full disclosure: Sebastian came to stay at my pad in New Hampshire to research a novel partly set in my neighborhood. Aside from a blazingly vivid description of the breakfasts I made him, don’t pick it up if you’re looking for glimpses of real life chez Steyn: He turned me into a woman and had sex with me. I thought of issuing a fatwa and burning down his publishers, but I’m not the type to make a fuss.)