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From the Ted Talk by Chetan Bhatt: Dare to refuse the origin myths that claim who you are

Unscramble the Blue Letters

This is Abu al-Walid Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Rushd, a very senior Muslim judge and thinker in Cordoba in the 12th century, and his writings were considered dpleey blasphemous, heretical and evil. Long after he died, flreloows of his work were ruthlessly hunted down, banished and killed over several centuries by the most powerful religious iiontstiutn of the mdveaeil proeid. That institution was the Roman Catholic Church. Why? Because ibn Rushd said that something true in religion may conflict with something that your reason fidns to be true on earth, but the latter is still true. There are two dtniscit worlds of tturh, one based on our reason and evidence, and one that is divine, and the state, ptoliaicl power, social law are in the realm of reason. Religious life is a different raelm. They should be kept separated. Social and political life should be governed by our reason, not by religion. And you can see why the church was uepst by his writings, as indeed were some Muslims during his lifetime, because he gives us a strong stntmeeat of secularism of a kind which is normal in Europe today.

Open Cloze

This is Abu al-Walid Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Rushd, a very senior Muslim judge and thinker in Cordoba in the 12th century, and his writings were considered ______ blasphemous, heretical and evil. Long after he died, _________ of his work were ruthlessly hunted down, banished and killed over several centuries by the most powerful religious ___________ of the ________ ______. That institution was the Roman Catholic Church. Why? Because ibn Rushd said that something true in religion may conflict with something that your reason _____ to be true on earth, but the latter is still true. There are two ________ worlds of _____, one based on our reason and evidence, and one that is divine, and the state, _________ power, social law are in the realm of reason. Religious life is a different _____. They should be kept separated. Social and political life should be governed by our reason, not by religion. And you can see why the church was _____ by his writings, as indeed were some Muslims during his lifetime, because he gives us a strong _________ of secularism of a kind which is normal in Europe today.

Solution

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  4. upset
  5. realm
  6. political
  7. period
  8. distinct
  9. statement
  10. truth
  11. medieval
  12. institution

Original Text

This is Abu al-Walid Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Rushd, a very senior Muslim judge and thinker in Cordoba in the 12th century, and his writings were considered deeply blasphemous, heretical and evil. Long after he died, followers of his work were ruthlessly hunted down, banished and killed over several centuries by the most powerful religious institution of the medieval period. That institution was the Roman Catholic Church. Why? Because ibn Rushd said that something true in religion may conflict with something that your reason finds to be true on earth, but the latter is still true. There are two distinct worlds of truth, one based on our reason and evidence, and one that is divine, and the state, political power, social law are in the realm of reason. Religious life is a different realm. They should be kept separated. Social and political life should be governed by our reason, not by religion. And you can see why the church was upset by his writings, as indeed were some Muslims during his lifetime, because he gives us a strong statement of secularism of a kind which is normal in Europe today.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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al qaeda 5
origin stories 3
identity myths 3
national front 3
muslim backgrounds 3
ethnic disputes 2
origin myth 2
primordial origin 2
origin myths 2
young men 2
islamic state 2
salafi jihadi 2
jihadi groups 2
hindu fundamentalist 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
salafi jihadi groups 2

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