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East West Relations

Where The West Went Wrong

Reuters | Posted 06.01.2014 | World

By David Rohde April 1 (Reuters) - A quarter-century after the fall of the Soviet Union, authoritarian rulers such as Vladimir Putin a...

Why is the West Seen as the Greatest Threat? From Asia, the Answer's Clear

Chandran Nair | Posted 05.10.2014 | World
Chandran Nair

A recent Gallup survey of respondents from 65 countries suggests that America is now seen as the country that poses the "greatest threat to world peace today." In fact, more people picked the U.S. than Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea and Pakistan combined.

Bridging the East-West Divide: My Experience at NYU Abu Dhabi

James Zogby | Posted 03.28.2013 | World
James Zogby

I would marvel at the students' optimism, their vision, and their instinctive sense of collaboration. And I would feel confident that they might very well be the generation to heal the divides that they inherited from the generations that had preceded them.

In Search of an Alliance of Civilizations: Part I

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 07.31.2012 | World
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 Dark Side of Beauty: The Mosque As "Terror Cell"

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

The relationships of cultures are not so very different from the relationships of individuals.

Part 5: Colonizing the Mosque (Slideshow)

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

With mosques functioning as the local centers of Islamic faith and the object of renewed Western suspicion, it is undeniable that mosques also help keep alive the memory of the divide of civilizations that once rent the world irreparably in two.

The Beauty We Fear Part 4: From Mark Twain to Malcom X (Slideshow)

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
G. Roger Denson

Even when Americans began to travel to Muslim lands, from the start they displayed a more diverse response to Islam and its mosques, which over the course of a century graduated from the crude to the reverent.

The Beauty We Fear Part 3: The Mosques of Secular Muslim Writers (Slideshow)

G. Roger Denson | Posted 04.10.2013 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

Compared to the European writers discovering the great mosques of Islam for the first time, the mention of mosques is more muted and void of romance to the Muslim secularists inured to them from birth.

The Beauty We Fear Part 2: The Great Mosques of European Novelists and Poets (Slideshow)

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

2010-10-25-jdfdf.jpgBy the end of the 19th century, mosques became lyrical, escapist, and hallucinogenic motifs for writers who had never even set sight on them.

The Beauty We Fear: The Great Mosques of the World As Seen Through the Eyes of the World's Great Writers

G. Roger Denson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
G. Roger Denson

2010-10-19-Screenshot20101019at9.17.42AM.pngFor the last three centuries, it's been an aesthetic and cultural conversion that keeps the secular minds of the West returning to the sacred architecture of Islam.