Some years ago, I attended a dinner at Princeton University where I witnessed a revealing exchange between an eminent European philosopher who was visiting from Cambridge, and a Muslim scholar who was seated next to him. The Muslim colleague was indulging in a glass of wine. Evidently troubled by this, the distinguished don eventually asked his dining companion if he might be so bold as to venture a personal question. ‘Do you consider yourself a Muslim?’ ‘Yes,’ came the reply. ‘How come, then, you are drinking wine?’ The Muslim colleague smiled gently. ‘My family have been Muslims for a thousand years,’ he said, ‘during which time we have always been drinking wine.’ An expression of distress appeared on the learned logician’s pale countenance, prompting the further clarification: ‘You see, we are Muslim wine-drinkers.’ The questioner looked bewildered. ‘I don’t understand,’ he said. ‘Yes, I know,’ replied his native informant, ‘but I do.’
De eerste alinea in het eerste hoofdstuk van: Ahmed, S. What is Islam? Princeton University Press, 2016.