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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In a similar vein , Ibn Khaldun wrote : “ Sedentary life constitutes the last phase of civilization and the point where it begins to decay . ... Clearly , the bedouins are closer to being good ... and braver than sedentary people ” who ...
As for Ibn Khaldun's intended readers , they could accept the role of providence or read deeper into the thesis . In the prevailing social mindset , they were quite probably disinclined to pursue the latter option .
Ibn Khaldun insists that respect of merit in an individual , class , or group is a key virtue — the loss of that quality is the first indicator of a people's decline . Ibn Khaldun did not expound on this point ; however , it likely ...
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