Barry Traill Kate not her real name and her husband have run cattle grazing properties in central Queensland for more than 30 years. On remote and isolated properties like that, communities are close-knit and neighbours rely on each other to survive.
Pointing out that the world has changed a great deal during that period, his interviewer asked him whether his understanding of the world had changed over time, and if so, what have been the most catalytic events in altering his perspective about politics.
And, most importantly, what can one reasonably forecast with regard to the future of Islam and the Islamic world, particularly in view of what appears to be the twilight of the empire age and the dawn of a digital era, in the midst of a global moral vacuum and spiritual influx?
The nations are about to flock against you [the Muslims] from every horizon, just as hungry people flock to a kettle. O Messenger of Allah, will we be few on that day? No, you will be many in number, but you will be scum, like the scum of a flash-flood, without any weight, since fear will be removed from the hearts of your enemies, and weakness Wahn in Arabic will be placed in your hearts.
O Messenger of Allah, what does the word wahn mean? Whether or not authentic, this hadith all but rings true with both the present chaotic situation prevailing in the entire Muslim world, and with the ongoing ominous antagonism between the West and Islam.
Indeed, as exemplified by the testimony of Graham E.
To this end, any retrospective overview of the relations between the West and Islam would likely be incomplete if it did not refer to Arnold J.
The British historian further noted that in that life-and-death struggle, Islam, like Christendom before it, had triumphantly survived. This time, Islam was represented by the Ottoman descendants of the converted Central Asian nomads. The Westerners managed to bring the Ottoman offensive to a halt in the wake of the battle of Vienna that lasted from until when a peace treaty between the Sublime Porte and the Holy League was signed at Karlowitz.
Thereafter, having encircled the Islamic world and cast their net about it, they proceeded to attack their old adversary in its native lair.
And who, better that Bernard Lewis, a leading Orientalist and Professor Emeritus at Princeton, could address that story? In the academic world, he is considered as the most distinguished living expert on the Middle East, and he is indeed amongst the very few historians who have ended up as historical actors in their own right.
In his memoir he recounts his wartime service in London and Cairo as an intelligence officer for MI6, and how after World War II he was granted the privilege to be the first Western scholar to enter the Ottoman archives. He can therefore hardly be viewed as a steadfast sympathizer of Islam.
Arabsthe Chanson de Roland, the Christian poet endeavors to give his readers or, rather, listeners some idea of the Saracen religion.
According to this vision, the Saracens worshiped a trinity consisting of three persons: Lewis then rightfully draws a parallel saying that just as medieval Christian man could conceive of religion only in terms of a trinity, so his modern descendant can conceive of politics only in terms of a theology, or, as we say nowadays, ideology, of left-wing and right-wing forces and factions.
Bernard Lewis also pointed out to the recurring unwillingness on the part of many Westerners to recognize the nature of Islam, or even the fact that Islam, as an independent, different, and autonomous religion persists and recurs from medieval to modern times.
If truth be told, how else might we justify, for instance, the astonishing statement made by William Ewart Gladstone, four-time Prime Minister of Great Britain in the House of Commons in the 19th century?
In the modern world it defies every tendency of modern, democratic, responsible, secular government. This is why Turkey has thrown over the Koran as a rule of the state. And if it does not rule the state, it rules nothing; for the religious attitude and social regulations of Islam are two sides of the one coin.
They cannot be separated and remain Islam. Mohammedan Islam is the negation of progress erected into a divinely ordained system. We are tied by Islam to a reverence for Mohammed himself. Our minds, however, are appalled at the murders, the unnatural marriages, the cruelty, the brigandage and the sensuality.
This is no less than a clash of civilizations—the perhaps irrational but surely historic reaction of an ancient rival against our Judeo-Christian heritage, our secular present, and the worldwide expansion of both.
Aladdin, the travel ban and the hate factory It is a fact that Americans are among the most educated people in the world.
Yet, it is also a fact that they are among the least educated about the world in general and the Arab and Muslim world in particular. They themselves admit the truthfulness of this flaw and many among them would wish to see it corrected. Respondents answered 24 close-ended questions mainly pertaining to news-related behaviors, knowledge and interest in visiting the Arab and Muslim world, the rise of Islamophobia, opinions on Arabs who have migrated to the United States, and the perceived role of media portraying the real image of this part of the world.
David Pollock of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy WINEP —a polling expert who has studied attitudes in the region and US-Arab relations for a long time—agrees that it is a negative and grim picture and believes it is due to a combination of factors.
The region does not have a positive image and a lot of it is based on ignorance and narrow-mindedness. Prior to these and other numerous similar surveys and studies, American Professor of Mass Communications and award-winning film authority, Jack G.
Shaheen, had dissected this topic.As a follow-up to Tuesday’s post about the majority-minority public schools in Oslo, the following brief account reports the latest statistics on the cultural enrichment of schools in Austria.
Vienna is the most fully enriched location, and seems to be in roughly the same situation as Oslo. Many thanks to Hermes for the translation from grupobittia.com By Amir NOUR for the Saker Blog “The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born, now is the time of monsters” (Antonio Gramsci) Introduction: Between “apparent” and “real” History.
Alvin Toffler, one of the world’s leading futurists, is often quoted, and with good reason, as saying that the illiterate of the 21 st century will not be those who cannot read and. BibMe Free Bibliography & Citation Maker - MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard. Psychoanalysis is a set of theories and therapeutic techniques related to the study of the unconscious mind, which together form a method of treatment for mental-health disorders.
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