The car, the television, the radio, the aeroplane, pencillin, the internet, the AK-47, the tank, etc. are 'ideas' which can be loosely ascribed to 'modern Europe'. But why do some (many?) Muslims rail so hard against other 'ideas' also considered 'modern' (and/or 'European') like 'democracy' or 'liberalism' or 'secularism'? Why do we grant a treatsie written by a 16th- or 17th-century European philosopher more weight than the car and aeroplane? Quite easily the latter have transformed our lives far more than what Hobbes, Locke or Kant might have written (unless someone makes a compelling argument to link the rail network and refrigeration with, say, Hobbes' Leviathan).