The conflict between the West and the islamic world is right there from the beginning. We need to understand why and how. What is the relationship between the Bible and the Quran? The salafists want to return to the source. Are today's problems connected to the source? Contemporary history is ravaging our established conceptions daily: We need to rethink the history of islam, for our own sake and theirs. Reason needs to come into the equation. The writer SK ponders these questions: - The Arabs started with - shall we say - common sense - and then something drove them powerfully away from this. What was the driving force?