Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the individual within Islam…

THis is a superb piece of radio. There’s lot’s of good stuff in it, especially a discussion of Shakespeare’s Histories at the end, which asks whether in an age of informal speech contemporary actors can carry the rhetorical dialogue of Kings with any conviction. But if you are short of time, just listen to Philip Dodd in conversation with Ayaan Hirsi Ali about her book The Caged Virgin. Not least in what she says about the capacity of Islam both to modernise and retain its essence. She’s also critical of, what she argues, is the supremacy of the collective in Islam, which at its worst blots out the right of individuals to find their own voice. Whilst this may feel remote from contemporary Ireland, Islam is one of the island’s fastest growing religions (though Orthodox Christianity has grown exponentially).


  • Occasional Commentator

    from the post: (though Orthodox Christianity has grown exponentially)

    Sorry for being pedantic …

    ‘exponentially’ does not mean the same as growing really fast. If the number of Orthodox has gone from 1 to 100,001 to 200,001 over the last two years then it’s growing really fast, but definitely not exponentially. If, however, it grew by just 1% (compounded) each year then this would be exponential.

    ‘exponential’ is more about the shape of the graph, not it’s steepness.

    The really dangerous thing is that people don’t realise that ‘exponential’ applies just as well to decrease as to growth.