OK. Watched the interview. I must regretfully inform everyone that I am equally displeased with the interview as I was with the transcript. Dr. Wafa Sultan may be a very smart woman, but I can't stand it when academics and intellectuals try to validate good points by using incorrect facts. This kind of thing is why people don't trust academia and why the other side can destroy good arguments (because supporting information is incorrect). I think by giving her the microphone, someone has only gone to validate the worldview of militant Islamofascim.
Sultan said: "The Muslims are the ones who began using this expression [a clash of civilizations]." Wrong. That expression has been used to justify almost every war since the dawning of time. Greeks went after the Persians and called it 'civilization vs barbarians' ditto ancient China, Rome, Egypt, India etc, etc, etc.
Sultan said: "When the Muslims divided the people into Muslims and non-Muslims, and called to fight the others until they believe in what they themselves believe, they started this clash, and began this war." So that whole Jews vs. Gentiles, Christian vs Heretic & Heathen, Cowboy vs Indian, South vs North stuff is all just a figment of my imagination?
Sultan asked: "What civilization on the face of this earth allows him to call other people by names that they did not choose for themselves?" Every. Single. One.
Sultan said: "Humanity owes most of the discoveries and science of the 19th and 20th centuries to Jewish scientists." Really? I didn't know that. I'm willing to give a high percentage, but most? I don't know about that one. I don't even know where to find facts to back that kind of a claim up.
Sultan said: "We have not seen a single Jew blow himself up in a German restaurant." Since at least 1945. Uprising, anyone, anyone? Bueller?
Sultan said: "We have not seen a single Jew protest by killing people." Loud, emphatic WRONG! And Yitzak Rabin's unfinished business on this planet is due to a Jewish hand holding a gun.
Sultan said: "The Muslims have turned three Buddha statues into rubble." Wrong again. The Buddhas of Bamiyan were destroyed by the Taliban who are Muslims the same way members of the Klan are Christians.
Sultan said: "We have not seen a single Buddhist burn down a Mosque, kill a Muslim, or burn down an embassy." Wrong. Please see the history of the Mongolian Empires.
Sultan said: "Only the Muslims defend their beliefs by burning down churches, killing people, and destroying embassies." This is so incorrect, as a historian, I balk at the person saying it and change the channel.
Thank you Dr. Sultan. You may be lauded in the west as someone of Arab descent who really sticks it to Muslims. You get a "Boo Yeah" and a high five. But you are only reinforcing a sterotype, keeping with a narrative, revising history and adding fuel to the fire of the clash of civilizations that we are currently engaged in.
Your good points, that Muslim scholars should reexamine their curricula and Islamic books (the way many Islamic religious scholars have called for for centuries), fall on deaf ears because your arguments supporting your position hold so very little truth. You also ignore and do not expound on your most important point, the internalization of religion. It has taken Chrisendom over 500 years to begin internalizing our religion, allowing us to participate in the dualistic pursuits of civics and religion, tolerance in the face of our own personal beliefs. We still don't have it all down pat.
Right now, the Islamic world is facing civil war across all borders. It is a war between Wahabbist Sunnis and the rest of the Islamic world. Painting all Muslims with the brush of Wahabbism only drives more Muslims to Wahabbism. That is the straight up definition of pouring gasoline on a fire to extinguish it.