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Clash of Civilizations

Stumping Trump: Can We Coopt Muslim Help To Challenge Our Ancestral Angst?

Nick Fouche | Posted 04.06.2016 | Home
Nick Fouche

With our former hegemons in precipitous decline I am often reminded of Aesop's inquisitive fox, who visits an old lion one day as he lies enfeebled amidst the cold shadows of his cave. Presumably the story had as much to say to us in the early 1900s with the slow shrinking of the Pax Britannica as it does today as our vexed Pax Americana gradually hits the dust.

Trump and the Cliche of Civilizations

John Feffer | Posted 12.11.2015 | Home
John Feffer

I was listening to a German parliamentarian the other night. She was making some anodyne comments about transatlantic friendship and the importance of...

Western Citizens Lack Courage at Their Own Peril

Stefan Jansen | Posted 12.08.2016 | Home
Stefan Jansen

We like to live our lives, go to bars, go to football games and concerts. We believe -- and rightly so -- that we have the right to live our lives in this way. Only, through the actions of our nations, we make it impossible for many other people to live their lives in the same way.

Islam, Republicans and the Far Right

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 11.19.2016 | Home
Soumaya Ghannoushi

What makes the Republicans discourse' on Islam and the Muslim world dangerous is that it is disseminated through a wide and powerful network of media outlets and rightwing think tanks then consumed by a public with no direct contact or firsthand knowledge of the Muslim world.

Why Embracing the Ethics of Islam Can Help Us Achieve Greater Global Harmony

Munawar A. Anees | Posted 11.12.2016 | Home
Munawar A. Anees

PARIS -- Islamophobia is not a new phenomenon, suddenly uncovered by social media on the Internet. Islamophobia is as old as Islam itself. Yet, Islam can be rightly credited as a trendsetter in interfaith harmony. We all need to articulate that for the sake of humanity.

Within You Without You: George Harrison and a Popular Dialogue among Civilizations

Hirad Abtahi | Posted 11.04.2016 | Home
Hirad Abtahi

Mid-late 1960s: West goes East. While it was John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Canada that initiated Rock n' Roll Diplomacy, George Harrison was the first to apply that concept to music.

Erdogan Is Proving Huntington's ‘Clash of Civilizations' Right

Behlül Özkan | Posted 11.02.2016 | Home
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- In his seminal 1996 volume, The Clash of Civilizations, Samuel Huntington described Turkey as a "torn country." According to Huntington, despite its adoption of Western institutions such as democracy and the rule of law, Turkey remains firmly rooted in the culture of the Islamic world and is therefore experiencing a "civilizational crisis." Today, Turkey is still the only secular, democratic republic in the Islamic world; sadly, under Erdoğan's increasingly Islamist rule, it is proving Huntington right with every passing day.

How People of Faith Are Dealing With Conflict and Why the Truth Does Not Lie in the Middle

Joerg Rieger | Posted 10.22.2016 | Home
Joerg Rieger

So what is the wound of the people? There is no simple answer, but we are beginning to understand that this is the all-important question because it leads us to engage the conflicts from which we must not shy away and it prevents us from engaging in false ones.

The Hagia Sophia: Church, Mosque -- Or Battleground?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 08.17.2016 | Home
Barbara Falconer Newhall

As a Christian standing in what had once been a magnificent church, I could not feel the holiness of those huge disks. I felt bullied by them.

The Pen and the Gun

Karem Issa | Posted 03.19.2015 | Home
Karem Issa

If I'm not on one side, this doesn't mean that I'm with the other. I'm neither on the side of those media that insult my faith and beliefs and spread lies, nor the side of violent criminals who insult my faith and beliefs, and spread lies.

In Wake Of Paris Attacks, Erdogan Warns Of A 'Clash Of Civilizations'

Reuters | Orhan Coskun and Jonny Hogg | Posted 03.18.2015 | Home

ANKARA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday warned of a "clash of civilizations" following the wake of the Islamist milita...

Will the Clash of Identities Consume Us?

Dominique de Villepin | Posted 08.19.2014 | Home
Dominique de Villepin

We seem to be prisoners of a terrible choice today: either the uncontrollable nationalisms of the humiliated striking back or the violent struggles of communities to assert their identities. At such a moment, we need to support artists that can be bridges between cultures. We need to support the work of spreading ideas and building a new common history. Only then can we avoid falling into the abyss of a clash of identities or succumb to the passions of nationalism.

Love Was Only For White People

Imran Ahmad | Posted 06.18.2014 | Home
Imran Ahmad

We are all loitering in our classroom one lunchtime. Barry Sutton suddenly asks me a question: ''Hey, Imran! Are your parents going to arrange your marriage?'' Everyone's attention is suddenly upon me.

What Do Muslim-Western Relations Mean?

Common Ground News Service | Posted 07.09.2013 | Home
Common Ground News Service

In the last 12 years since the 9/11 attacks, familiarity has led to a better Western understanding of the complexities in the Muslim world, while far-reaching changes in the Muslim world have undermined a black and white view of the region in the West.

Dancing to the beat of a new drum twelve years after 9/11

Common Ground News Service | Posted 07.08.2013 | Home
Common Ground News Service

Endy Bayuni Jakarta - The Western and Muslim worlds drifted apart in the wake of 9/11. The 11 September 2001 suicide hijackings in the United States ...

The Invasion of Iraq and the Clash Within Civilizations

Khaled Diab | Posted 05.21.2013 | Home
Khaled Diab

In an incredibly influential essay published 20 years ago in Foreign Affairs, the late Samuel P. Huntington first outlined his clash of civilizations theory, which he later elaborated on and fleshed out in a book published in 1996.

Discovering Huntington’s Fallacy In Turkey

Aubrey Rose | Posted 05.11.2013 | Home
Aubrey Rose

As a Christian American studying international law half way across the world in Turkey, I'm constantly confronted with the question of Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations." But in this era, Turkey doesn't have to abandon Islam to progress as a democracy and realize human rights.

From 9/11 to Targeted Killing

D. Robert Worley | Posted 04.10.2013 | Home
D. Robert Worley

Targeted killing by drone has proven to be tactically effective but, as evidenced in Vietnam, overwhelming success at the tactical level does not necessarily translate into success at the strategic level.

I Should Have Paid Attention in Chinese School

Frank H. Wu | Posted 12.08.2012 | Home
Frank H. Wu

The common observation is that the Chinese know much more about us than we know about them.

A Curriculum of Tolerance

Ben Barber | Posted 11.05.2012 | Home
Ben Barber

The countries would agree to create two-hour lessons on each of the world's religions. Together, these lessons would become the Curriculum of Tolerance and would be taught to 12-year-old students worldwide, over a period of two or three days each year.

Music For The Soul In Fes, Morocco: A Sama'a Concert

Katherine Marshall | Posted 08.15.2012 | Home
Katherine Marshall

The Sama'a conveys a sense of joy and energy. It is open and driven by love of God, and respect and caring for humankind.

In Search of an Alliance of Civilizations: Part I

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 07.31.2012 | Home
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

Democratization, simply defined in the West as free and fair elections, is in and of itself an inadequate tool for changing the status quo in MENA societies. If the players change but the system does not, then there will be no 'Spring.'

The Illusion of Attacking Iran

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.12.2012 | Home
Deepak Chopra

We need for realism to prevail over illusions. An attack on Iran will have global consequences, setting in motion a series of cascading events that cannot be accurately calculated.

Clashing Civilizations Or Hope For Harmony?

Katherine Marshall | Posted 02.21.2012 | Home
Katherine Marshall

The challenge set for the Doha Forum, to link intercultural dialogue to international development and the UN's very tangible Millennium Development Goals, proved far more touchy than the authors probably imagined.

Clash Of Civilizations Or Nuisance? Medieval Crusading And The War on Terror

Jay Rubenstein | Posted 12.21.2011 | Home
Jay Rubenstein

The war for Jerusalem, in their words, was one of West vs. East. When the crusaders successfully conquered Jerusalem, observers at home marveled over what they, as Westerners, had accomplished.