a "clash of civilizations?"
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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.
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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).
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.
Samuel Huntington's article "The Clash of Civilizations?"
The paranoid style in politics often imagines unlikely alliances that coalesce into an overwhelming threat that must be countered by all necessary means.
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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.
Newsweek ’s current cover looks like a promotion for a Glenn Beck special: The War on Christians . No doubt the magazine’s editors thought they could get away with such a provocative headline because the byline lends it a token of authority. Were this declaration to come from Beck or anyone of his ilk, it would be dismissed by Newsweek ’s editors and many of its readers as conservative hysteria, but spouted by a celebrity former Muslim it suddenly demands serious attention.
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.”
Was the prophet Muhammad a pervert and a tyrant? Does Islam promote terrorism and enslave women?
Dearborn, Michigan, is the city in America with the highest proportion of Muslims.
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.
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