University of Pittsburgh

Haider Hamoudi on bin Laden

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May 3, 2011

Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the death of Osama bin Laden had significance not appreciated by everyone.  For example,  many Americans may not realize that al-Qaida and its affiliated organizations killed more Muslims than Westerners.  Professor Hamoudi also called bin Laden's interpretation of Islam far outside the mainstream of Islamic thought and scholarship both historically and in contemporary terms.  Bin Laden was "someone who knowingly and consciously goes against a broad, centuries-long tradition of Islamic law ... and tries to derive his arguments based on a very contentious reading of some of the earliest texts," he said.

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