"All we have to do is commit to doing it, BBC Featured Image Credit: PA Topics: London Middle Eastern ISIL fighters often join after the political or literal annihilation of their countries; Western recruits are often searching for a purpose and for certainties they can’t find at home. doctors used adaptive optics to see detailed images of the cells that make up the photoreceptor layer of the retina, Contact us at editors@time.S. scientifically known as an explosive cyclogenesis,Chennai: A magistrate court Monday directed former Union finance minister P Chidambaram’s family members to appear in court on 20 August without fail in connection with the black money case.against apostates and dissidents” And Americans need to wake up from their torpor and confront the threat The suggestion that Americans who have spent trillions on multiple wars and an intrusive "homeland security" apparatus post 9/11 are insufficiently alarmed about Muslim extremism is more than a little bizarre But setting that aside how accurate is Hirsi Alis suggestion that Muslims are inherently incapable of assimilating in non-Muslim societies Not very if the experience of India the worlds most populous democracy is any indication Muslims make up almost 15% of Indias population compared to 08% in America And they couldnt be any more dissimilar to the portrait drawn by Hirsi Ali If Hirsi Ali were right about the perennial allure of radicalism for Muslims India a country where I grew up and lived before moving to the United States and making Michigan my home should be Ground Zero for Islamic militancy Instead Indian Muslims participate fully and enthusiastically in their nations civic and cultural life including remarkably its majoritarian Hindu religious traditions without experiencing too much cognitive dissonance As of last year four of them were known to have joined ISIS while the total number who may have gone is unknowable it appears to be far fewer than the numbers in Europe and America that Hirsi Ali plays up Those known cases may be four too many However as Ive pointed out elsewhere there are always some malcontents in liberal societies who are attracted to illiberal ideologies Some Americans left for the Soviet Union during the heyday of communism Muslims have lived in India for a millennium first arriving in small pockets as traders and then in large numbers as invaders They established the Mughal dynasty that ruled the country for 300 years till the Hindu majority took over and established a secular democracy after colonial rule ended in 1947 If Hirsi Ali were correct the ignominy of being deposed from power and subjected to infidel rule would bring out their worst extremist tendencies Instead India’s Muslims are no more prone to violence than anyone else Muslim insurgency has broken out in some parts of India like Kashmir But thats at least partly a response to an abusive and obtuse central government that has ignored local needs much like the Sikh separatist Khalistan movement in the 1980s Thats why George W Bush famously introduced Manmohan Singh to Laura Bush as “the prime minister of India a democracy which does not have a single al-Qaida member in a population of 150 million Muslims" Rampant prejudice in housing and elsewhere along with occasional outburst of Hindu nationalist violence has hindered Muslim progress relegating Muslims to the lowest socio-economic rungs Yet Indian Muslims have avoided the sword and eagerly seized the opportunities afforded to them by their countrys (imperfect) democracy Consider: Four Muslims have served as Indias president a ceremonial but high office reserved for civilians of major accomplishment One of them APJ Abdul Kalam played a leading role in developing Indias ballistic missile and nuclear weapons program with no apparent qualms that he was boosting the military of a nation of infidels The founder of Wipro a software giant that is Indias pride and joy is Azim Premji a Muslim man Muslims are among Indias most prominent cricketers a sport that means even more to Indias national pride than a moon landing may someday Muslims are an integral part of every facet of Bollywood Indias 125-year-old film industry whose open veneration of romantic love is deeply subversive of puritanical Islamic strictures Indeed Bollywoods three top male stars right now are Muslims (all with the last name of Khan) and Muslim women have always been among Bollywoods top actresses Also some of these stars are among Indias most vocal progressives fighting for the rights of gays women and minorities not to mention sexual liberation But nothing speaks more to the depth of Muslims cultural assimilation in India than the fact that Muslims have written composed and sung some of the most popular bhajans or Hindu devotional songs The late Mohammad Rafi a Muslim singer who is a household name in India sang bhajans so poignant and soul stirring that they bring tears to the eyes even of a Hindu-turned-atheist like me Iqbal a Muslim poet wrote the lyrics of arguably the most patriotic song in India that celebrates “Hindustan” as the best nation in the world More recently AR Rahman an observant Muslim composer who won an Oscar for his score in Slumdog Millionaire has recorded the most goose-bump-inducing rendition of Vande Mataram an ode to the Hindu Motherland (Conversely Hindu musicians have created many moving Islamic Qawwalis or Sufi songs dedicated to allah) Indian Muslims are proud of their tradition of tolerance and moderation and guard it zealously from Wahhabi influence Theyve even refused to bury the bodies of Muslim suicide bombers including the Mumbai attackers the ultimate punishment because it forever deprives the bombers of a spot in heaven Indeed in recent years many Indian Muslims have been fighting tooth-and-nail against Saudi-funded Wahhabis who are trying to take over Indias madrassas and Muslim shrines Some even submitted a memorandum to Indian authorities demanding that madrassas be reformed to include modern education alongside traditional religious instruction In other words the moral high ground among Indian Muslims is decisively on the side of moderates not extremists in complete contradiction to Hirsi Alis predictions for America Furthermore notes William Dalrymple a celebrated British writer who has written extensively about the Islamic world Indian Muslims are not all that unique Even in countries where they are the majority Muslims are often doctrinally flexible allowing a great deal of give-and-take with other religions and sharing their festivals and sacred spaces (Saudi Arabia and other countries where Islam is the sole religion are a different story) For example he notes the Coptic festivals in Egypt attract thousands of Muslims as do many Christian shrines in Syria such as the pilgrimage church of Our Lady of Seidnaya outside Damascus which attracts many Muslim couples seeking children He is a friend of Hirsi Ali and admires her spirit yet regards her fears that Islam is inherently and ineluctably prone to extremism as "entirely wrong-headed" Her reading of Islam is colored by her own tragic experience growing up in Somalia (where she endured genital mutilation) he argues not from a wide-ranging familiarity with Islamic practices "She has now spent much more of her life in Europe and the Beltway than in the Muslim world" he says All of this suggests that if 150-million-plus Muslims have managed to "melt" in the "pot" of Indias young and fragile democracy without boiling over into violence theyll be able to do so in America even more easily especially given that its democracy is stronger and more established and their numbers are much smaller What wont help however is anti-Muslim fear mongering based on a narrative knit from gaudy acts of extremism that fails to take full measure of the broader Muslim reality Contact us at editors@timecom IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events 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