...There exists a strictly religious debate, couched in the language of Islamic jurisprudence and the fundamentals of faith, over the notion of moderation. If this is grasped - as it must be - it becomes possible to approach the more relevant political questions with far less prejudice and naivety. We should never forget that religious moderation, however it is defined, is perfectly compatible with a radical, non-violent, democratic political stance that rejects all forms of domination, exploitation and oppression.If you say so, Tariq. If you'll pardon the effrontery, though (it's the unreconstructed kafir in me speaking--what's to be done with that saucy minx?) I have a definition of "moderation" that is far more succinct albeit a tad less, ahem, "nuanced" than yours. It's as follows: a "moderate" Muslim is one who pays no heed to the statement "jihad is the way; sharia is the goal."