Islamic Protestantism

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Islamic Protestantism has been used to describe movements advocating for reformation in Islam, on a parallel to the Protestant Reformation.[1]

Parallels between Islam and Protestantism have long been made. Some thinkers of the Enlightenment "tended to make Mohammed almost a good Protestant and in any event a perceptive opponent of the Curia Romana".[2]

The Iranian author Hashem Aghajari argued for Islamic Protestantism in 2002, as a criticism of the theocratic Islamic state, describing it as:

"A rational, scientific, humanistic Islam. It is a thoughtful and intellectual Islam, an open-minded Islam."

— Hashem Haghajari.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Browers, p.1
  2. ^ Kenneth M. Setton Western hostility to Islam and Prophecies of Turkish Dooom 1992, p.54, quoted in Browers, p.2
  3. ^ Browers, p.1


  • Michaelle Browers, Charles Kurzman An Islamic reformation? Lexington Books, 2004 ISBN 0-7391-0554-X
  • Vanessa Martin Creating an Islamic state: Khomeini and the making of a new Iran I.B.Tauris, 2003 ISBN 1-86064-900-9