A Quiet Revolution Grows in the Muslim World - TIME If this does make a dent in the rigid spirit of Islamism, I doubt that I will see it during my lifetime. Moderation of their faith can only be a good thing for Muslims and other faiths that fear extremist. Still, the clerics will battle any efforts that will lesson their influence. If Iranian and Saudi clerics feel threatened, they could make the Crusades look like fun at the beach. They will go to all lengths to continue their stranglehold on the Muslim population.