In Islamic Contributions to Civilization, the great Baha'i Scholar George Esslemont noted that without Islam, we would have lost most of the Ancient Greek and Oriental Science destroyed in the European and Roman (c. Justinan) dark ages. A high percent of modern math, technology, astronomy, medicine and science comes from the innovation and preservation of earlier discoveries, as well as new knowledge, brought and preserved by Islam.
So, how can a Faith so enlightened and educated condone the behedding of children and the subjugation of women? In a word, it doesn't! Just like in other religions, self-consumed, misguided, money motivated and authority-crazed male clerics and leaders have perverted the Prophet's Faith into violence for their own greed, and neuronal rather than spiritual goals.
The Quran clearly states "There shall be NO COMPULSION in religion" (2:256) and "Say to the disbelievers 'To you, your beliefs, to me, mine'" (109:1-6). This is because the highest creation of God is free will-- even in human engineering, autonomous robots require the most skill! Allah does NOT want or condone coercion, it is, simply, skilless, and He is most Skillful in His Designs. Islam is NOT some cult that lacks the subtlety of choice, nor has it ever condoned violence other than in self defense, as is the case in all other religions, including Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian and Judaic.
The truth is that in this NEW century, we are beyond the need for any male clerics or leaders, in any religion, telling us what to believe! We can read and see, each for ourselves, in this age, for our own, and our family's, spiritual benefit or loss. "Hell is for the violent."