What is radical Islam? Longer beards and shorter pantaloons? Buruga, gender apartheid and female genital mutilation? Miswak dental care, Pakistani headgear and private mosques?
Thirty years ago we could count the number of people who could read and understand Arabic on our fingers and toes. Now we have Doctors and PhDs in every Islamic field. Many of these people have studied in Holy Mecca and Medina - the placed where Mohammed walked and where the Koran was revealed to him. Every year since 1978 during Ramazan real Arab Muslims have come to teach us what is Islam. Islam is a large part of the education curriculum and we even have specialized schools to teach Arabic and Islam. The state has spent an enormous amount of money and resouces on increasing Islamic awareness.
Thirty years ago when we read the Koran we just mouthed the words. We did not know or understand what what we were reading. Now the place is full of learned religious people who will tell you what this Koranic verse reveals and what that Hadith means.
Could this rise of Islamic radicalism be related to more awareness, understanding and adherence to the Koran and Hadiths?