‘Why Islam Makes You Stupid . . . But Also Means You’ll Conquer The World’ – Paperback – 14 Feb 2020

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Dr Edward Dutton is a youngish academic and political ally of the resurgent ethno-nationalist Right in Europe. A friend of Neo-Nazi activist Mark Collett and Patriotic Alternative I feature his book here to give a flavour of the kinds of themes and arguments he and others are using against Muslims (and what they take to be ‘Islam’).  Have a look at the blurb on the back cover. To me his views are bizarre and wrong headed, with roots in a crude Western atheist triumphalism coupled with an almost total lack of understanding of Muslims and Islam. But we need to at least be aware of these ideologies as they are currently in the ascendant.  Feel free to critique them in the comments below..

The back cover reads:

‘A “brain gap” separates Islam and the West. The populations of the Muslim world have markedly lower IQ and produce fewer intellectual and cultural achievements. Muslim communities within Western nations suffer from the same problems. In this startling book, Edward Dutton demonstrates that this phenomenon is not just a matter of race, global conflict, or political systems. It derives from Islam itself.

Sustaining Islamic belief forces people to avoid thinking in analytical and creative ways. Veiling women, circumcising girls, fasting during Ramadan, practicing polygamy, and praying regularly does the same, leading to worse schools, greater poverty, and deficient intellectual development.

But Islam has its advantages, too. Dutton argues that the exact Islamic practices that reduce intelligence also increase ethnocentrism—cooperation with the in-group and violent repulsion of the out-group. And it is the more ethnocentric groups that triumph in the grand struggle that is Darwinian selection. In other words, the ethnocentric shall conquer the Earth. For this reason, Dutton predicts that Islam will come to dominate the West precisely because it reduces intelligence.

This raises disturbing questions. Are there terminal disadvantages to fostering cultures of higher intelligence and greater individualism? Should the West think of Islam as our greatest antagonist or as our last hope? Might we in the West need to adopt something like Islam, and become a bit less thoughtful, if we want to survive?’

Categories: Alt-Right, European Muslims, Extremism, Far right, Islam, Patriotic Alternative

9 replies

  1. I think the idea that Islam has not influenced societies toward ‘intellectual and cultural’ achievements betrays a deep ignorance of history as well as betrays a certain idea about what constitutes such achievements, i.e. whatever falls in line with the ideology of the writer, racial supremacism, rather than what benefits humanity as a whole, moving toward a clearly defined goal of humanity.

    The second problem relates to what he considers Islamic such as FGM (which has been consistently forbidden by the overwhelming majority of Islamic scholars and is more of a cultural practice which has existed long before any Abrahamic faith arrived on the scene)


    The third problem seems to be about how Islam is understood as an ethnic movement and that the Ummah is an ethnocentrist group. This is, of course, foreign to many people since Muslims come from all over the world and no culture has a monopoly on what Islam is, as the Prophet Muhammad famously said:

    “All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over a white – except by piety and good action.”

    This again goes back to the idea of what is the bias of the author; what is important to them and thus all things are viewed through that lens.

  2. To me, not knowing God is more stupid and lowest in IQ and intellectual.

  3. Despicable like any right wing agenda including the one promoted by Paul Williams. On the other hand claims Islam offers universal solutions in 2020 are illusory.

  4. Dutton summarizes the arguments in his book here:

    He likes to dress up and do silly voices so if you find that annoying skip the first minute.

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