Dr. John Andrew Morrow, a Canadian scholar who converted to Islam over thirty years ago, has come to the defense of Islam at a time when many people, in East and West, seek to equate it with extremism and terrorism.
As Dr. Morrow, a Full Professor of Foreign Languages and senior scholar of Islam, explained during his public lecture at the Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi on March 10th of 2015, Islam is not the problem: its essence and original message is enough to allow Muslims to restore the true spirit of their faith.
Far from being persecuted, Morrow explained, minorities lived and flourished under Muslim rule. The Ottomans, among others, honored and respected their Christian communities by granting to them copies of the Covenants of the Prophet.
For Morrow, “Muslims have everything within their own religion to provide the solutions to the problems they face today.”
Dr. Morrow was in the United Arab Emirates on the invitation of the Tabah Foundation in order to share his research with Muslim scholars and intellectuals, as well as diplomats from both East and West.