A "clash of civilizations?"
The ‘clash of civilisations’ idea, particularly its religious aspect, is now the standard way to define national and international struggles, simplifying national and group identities and conflicts and distorting both history and current events. by Georges Corm Times have changed. Leave religion out of it
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Mark B. Salter teaches in the Department of Political Science at the University of Ottawa. His most recent book is Rights of Passage: The Passport in International Relations (Lynne Rienner, 2003). The Clash of Civilisations and the War on Terror(ists): An Imperialist Discourse - Centre for World Dialogue
Jay Rubenstein: Clash of Civilizations or Nuisance? Medieval Crusading and the War on Terror As the never-ending war on terror enters its second decade, commentators and opinion continue to seek insight from the medieval crusades, when European Christian armies marched to the Middle East to make war against Muslim adversaries.
Labels like "Islam" and "the West" serve only to confuse us about a disorderly reality. The Clash of Ignorance
The biggest threat to Western values The paranoid style in politics often imagines unlikely alliances that coalesce into an overwhelming threat that must be countered by all necessary means.
Sadik J. Al-Azm: Time Out of Joint There is a strong injunction in Arab Islamic culture against shamateh, an emotion—like schadenfreude—of taking pleasure in the suffering of others. It is forbidden when it comes to death, even the violent death of your mortal enemies. Yet it would be very hard these days to find an Arab, no matter how sober, cultured, and sophisticated, in whose heart there was not some room for shamateh at the suffering of Americans on September 11. I myself tried hard to contain, control, and hide it that day. And I knew intuitively that millions and millions of people throughout the Arab world and beyond experienced the same emotion. I never had any doubts, either, about who perpetrated that heinous crime; our Islamists had a deep-seated vendetta against the World Trade Center since their failed attack on it in 1993.
We hear so often about Muslims as victims of abuse in the West and combatants in the Arab Spring’s fight against tyranny. But, in fact, a wholly different kind of war is underway—an unrecognized battle costing thousands of lives. Christians are being killed in the Islamic world because of their religion. It is a rising genocide that ought to provoke global alarm. The portrayal of Muslims as victims or heroes is at best partially accurate. In recent years the violent oppression of Christian minorities has become the norm in Muslim-majority nations stretching from West Africa and the Middle East to South Asia and Oceania. Ayaan Hirsi Ali:The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World
Is this how Newsweek hopes to get raised from the dead?
For a couple of centuries now, we have had to make due with Samuel Johnson’s famous phrase: “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” Ayaan Hirsi Ali's War
Hirsi Ali, Berman, and Ramadan on Islam Was the prophet Muhammad a pervert and a tyrant? Does Islam promote terrorism and enslave women?
Comment: The Attack on “All-American Muslim” Dearborn, Michigan, is the city in America with the highest proportion of Muslims.
Raymond Ibrahim vs. Hamid Dabashi part 1 of 7
War Post :: Lawrence Wright: “Islam and the West have clashed in the past and have not clashed. There is nothing inevitable about it.” :: April :: 2008
Columbia University Press » Blog Archive » John Calvert on Sayyid Qutb On Rorotoko, John Calvert. author of Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism, offers a fascinating discussion of the subject of his book and his ambitions in writing the book. While recognizing the faults of Qutb’s fundamentalist thought, he also challenges many preconceptions Westerns have regarding his role as a progenitor of Osama bin Laden and the tactics and beliefs of al Qaeda. Qutb, Calvert suggests, would have rejected the use of indiscriminate violence.
The Clash of Civilizations? - Programmes In 1998, Osama bin Laden and Ayman Zawahiri declared war on the US, outlining a philosophy of the clash of civilizations which legitimised attacks on the West - both soldiers and civilians.
Edward Said, "Impossible Histories: Why the Many Islams Cannot be Simplified," Harper's, July 2002 Edward Said, "Impossible Histories: Why the Many Islams Cannot be Simplified," Harper's, July 2002
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