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The Clash of Civilizations? A Fallacy, Says Religion Speaker Charles Kimball
Religion | February 18, 2011

The Clash of Civilizations? A Fallacy, Says Religion Speaker Charles Kimball

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.

From Kimball:
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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