Mehdi pours criticism on all those who opine that what Islam needs is a Reformation. His piece in today's Guardian ripostes comments recommending an Islamic Martin Luther; Luther is the last thing Islam needs says Mehdi. I wholly agree.
Islam is already split into Sunni and Shia sects; it doesn't need a Reformation that will split it further. No, what it needs now is say thirty years of savage civil war between the sects that will destroy 40% of the population - as we experienced in Europe - until both sides are exhausted and sick of blood and every violent warrior male has expired on the battlefield, altering forever the gene pool of the survivors.
Only then can Islam move into the sort of endogenous Enlightenment that it so desperately needs.