I can't imagine a prophet who bullies women. The hadiths that portray him so should be abandoned.This is the sort of scholarship that gave us Funk and Crossan: it conflicts with my idea of what Muhammad was, so it can't be true. The funny part is that the ahadith aren't strictly binding on Muslims; they're about as canonical as, say, the Shopping List of St. Paul to the Tescos. All they'd need to do is say that everyone has moved on since then, and no-one would be any the worse off.The other fun quotation from the article was
Since [the 1980s], a flourishing Muslim bourgeoisie has emerged, and members are wittily called "Islamic Calvinists" for their religiously inspired capitalism.