I’ve taken a lot of grief for linking to this Ralph Peters piece. And Peters has taken a lot of grief for writing it. In short, he argues that the Muslims of “the periphery,” notably Indonesia, have a lot more potential than the perpetual-loser Muslims of Araby.
I think he’s right — and I’ll use Iran to defend his position. Yes, Iran.
Iran’s Shi’ite Muslim are, believe it or not, a lot more. . . relaxed about their faith than your average Arab, or (obviously) Wahhabi. Iran’s version of Islam is tempered with old Zoroastrian beliefs and other old faiths from a very, very old region. Shi