Why is Islam in AfPak degrading with anarchy and radicalism, while Malaysia, Indonesia and South East are evolving evolving into civilized societies despite practicing Islam?
Not sure, but if one can speculate, economic regression and lack of education plays a prominent role in keeping those anarchist (and their mullah’s) at busy with religious cause. Opportunities and education, conversely, will keep these elements in control.
Another cause, which has long been usurped, in AfPak including Kashmir, that their land is in trouble. Those from middle east suffer from crusader syndrome (just created this word, so don’t say you knew it), which the followers from distant south east Asia don’t align with.
Also, the shades of Wahhabism gradually fade and dilute, as you reach distant land. Only if Sufism or Ahmadias start taking over than will we see a recession in radical Islam.
No one can deny having met absolutely super human beings from Islam. So, if Islam were to be bad, all these folks would too. The problem is not with Islam, the problem is with the brand of Islam. Islam has several flavors, and it is deeply subject to interpretation. The educated and elite know how to interpret Islam, the uneducated, deprived of economic opportunities and without a milieu to question or reflect, never get to know the real Islam. Added to that, economic regression, war and a constant barrage of threat to their religion/region creates a cauldron for radical brand. More so, the Wahabism school is firebrand, where as the Sufism and Ahmadias are more open and relatively evolved.
Generally, in any society, irrespective of religion, the sane are polite and modest in interaction, whereas, those who are less mature are aggressive and to some extent, go unscathed. This phenomenon also exists amongst the practitioners of Islam. Those educated and elite, take a non aggressive modest humble approach and those irrational and uneducated take aggressive approach. Consequently, the sane voice is diluted and the aggressive one heard.
Islam is good, those interpreting Islam (aggressive Mullah’s) are responsible for its defamation. That also means, practitioners of any religion define its class and interpretations. No religion is barred from this, including Hindu radicals and fanatics.