Charles Kimball’s article on the fallacy of the “Clash of Civilizations”
ran on the front page of The Huffington Post
yesterday, and it’s garnered a tremendous response. Beginning with “the revolutionary tsunami in Egypt,” Kimball’s piece skillfully debunks the notion that a “Clash” exists: the theory, he says, “presupposes that there is an ‘us’ and a ‘them,’ that somehow ‘the West’ and ‘the Islamic world’ are homogeneous and monolithic. They are neither.” To Kimball, who is a renowned speaker on world religions, the notion of a “Clash of Civilizations” — as well as questions such as “Why do they hate us?” — is “simplistic” and “dangerously misleading.” His article goes a long way in painting a more nuanced picture of the relationship between the West and the Middle East.
The world’s 1.5 billion Muslims are dispersed on six continents, speak dozens of languages, and have been influenced by vastly different histories and traditions. Tunisia is not Turkey; Iraq is not Indonesia; Egypt is not Iran. And yet, the simplistic stereotypical, self-serving framework has been widely embraced and employed.
Keep reading Charles Kimball’s The Clash of Civilzations, via Huffington Post
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