States Without Citizens: Understanding the Islamic Crisis
The ideals of civic activism and public service that inspired the Western Renaissance are absent in the Islamic world. Islamic religio-moral ethics aim at salvation; Islamic social ethics aim at clan dominance. Western-inspired solutions to the Islamic crisis are inappropriate to Islamic states, in as much as they are states without citizens. To mitigate the violence engendered by the Islamic crisis, culturally authentic institutions must be created that will instill a civic ethics of common cause and public service. The author recommends this approach for policy makers and development managers and deplores the dangerous vacuity of such drumbeat cliches as the clash of civilizations that have gained currency in the war on terrorism.
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The Lebanese nationalists claimed a tie to ancient Phoenicia in their construct of collective selfidentity The civilizations of Hittite Anatolia , Achaemenid Persia , Pharaonic Egypt , and Phoenicia thus became inspirations for new ...
So , Kurds in Anatolia involuntarily became Turks , and Turcophone Christians in Thrace involuntarily became Greeks . Whether taken from a legalist or sociologic viewpoint , the Islamic experience did not recognize a direct relation ...
In this area , the story of Sultan Mahmud of Ghazna has particular significance . In Anatolia , the ghazi ethos developed from a situation of military stalemate and consequent change in the military society of the borderland .
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