I was watching Tom Hollands documentary on the Origins of Islam and listening to various Robert Spencer talks and debate on the subject of Islam.
I admire this work very much but in the Holland documentary some mention is made of the previous pagan religions of which Islam may have improved the live of Arabs. For instance if a daughter was first born of a man, her father would burn her or bury her alive. Islam forbids this.
So my question is, the is work being done to engage in debate with Islam done by Robert Spencer and others, is there something being done similarly like Thomas Aquinas did with Aristotle? Is there someone currently trying to understand both the good and bad of Islam? Is someone trying to “baptize” Islam by dealing with its truths as well as where it is false? It seems it may be helpful in debate as well as other ecumenical work.
I am a practicing Catholic, by the way. The subject has caught my curiosity due to its historical and religious nature.