A "clash of civilizations?"

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Leave religion out of it. 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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The Clash of Civilisations and the War on Terror(ists): An Imperialist Discourse - Centre for World Dialogue. Mark B.

The Clash of Civilisations and the War on Terror(ists): An Imperialist Discourse - Centre for World Dialogue

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). 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.

To the casual observer, the crusades would seem to be the origin of all today's problems. Simply put, they look too much alike to be a coincidence. To the cautious historian, these medieval wars have nothing to do with modern jihad or with the Western response to it and their opinions have tended to shape the broader discussion. But maybe my colleagues are too cautious. The Clash of Ignorance. Labels like "Islam" and "the West" serve only to confuse us about a disorderly reality.

The Clash of Ignorance

Samuel Huntington's article "The Clash of Civilizations? " appeared in the Summer 1993 issue of Foreign Affairs, where it immediately attracted a surprising amount of attention and reaction. Because the article was intended to supply Americans with an original thesis about "a new phase" in world politics after the end of the cold war, Huntington's terms of argument seemed compellingly large, bold, even visionary. 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.

The biggest threat to Western values

In Clash of Civilizations, Samuel Huntington conjured an amalgamated East - an alliance between "Confucian" and "Islamic" powers - that would challenge the West for world dominance. Many jihadis fear the Crusader alliance between Jews and Christians. They forget that until recently, historically speaking, populations professing the latter were the chief persecutors of the former. Now Anders Breivik has invoked the improbable axis of Marxism, multiculturalism and Islamism, together colonising Europe.

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.

Sadik J. Al-Azm: Time Out of Joint

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. Ayaan Hirsi Ali:The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World. Is this how Newsweek hopes to get raised from the dead? Ayaan Hirsi Ali's War. 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

Thanks to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, we can now revise this phrase for the twenty-first century. Tthe last last refuge of a scoundrel, it appears, lies in taking up the battle against something called “Christophobia.” Hirsi Ali coins this term as part of her alarmist and deeply hateful cover story for Newsweek. Hirsi Ali, Berman, and Ramadan on Islam. Was the prophet Muhammad a pervert and a tyrant?

Hirsi Ali, Berman, and Ramadan on Islam

Does Islam promote terrorism and enslave women? Does Islam oblige its followers to wage jihad on Westerners whose roots lie in the secular Enlightenment? Comment: The Attack on “All-American Muslim” Dearborn, Michigan, is the city in America with the highest proportion of Muslims.

Comment: The Attack on “All-American Muslim”

That is not a new development. Immigrants from the Middle East began arriving in the area generations ago, when jobs building cars were still a lure—which should give a sense of the community’s vintage. Some still work in the auto industry, including Angela Jaafar, who is a marketer, and is married to Mike, a deputy chief in the sheriff’s office.

The Jaafars and their children form one of five Dearborn families featured on “All-American Muslim,” a reality show, on TLC, created by some of the same team behind “Real Housewives of New York.” Raymond Ibrahim vs. Hamid Dabashi part 1 of 7. Lawrence Wright: “Islam and the West have clashed in the past and have not clashed. There is nothing inevitable about it.” 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.

John Calvert on Sayyid Qutb

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.

The Clash of Civilizations? - Programmes

In the US, a group of politicians, who were to become known as the Neocons, believed they too had a moral duty to change the world. Both groups found their opportunity in the attacks of 9/11 and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. But both were to see their dreams perish with the increasing human cost of these wars and the reality that ideologies without popular support cannot change the world. This episode airs from Tuesday, September 13, at the following times GMT: Tuesday: 2000; Wednesday: 1200; Thursday: 0100; Friday: 0600; Saturday: 2000; Sunday: 1200; Monday: 0100; Tuesday: 0600.

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 Discussed in this essay: Islam: A Short History, by Karen Armstrong. Modern Library, 2000. 222 pages. $19.95. What Went Wrong? From H Levant Editor Subject Cole On.