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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On what experience have I based this position ? The experience is partly intellectual and partly practical . For my PhD dissertation , I investigated the early stage of modernization in the Ottoman Arab provinces .
The Western experience was one that featured the interaction of theory and practice : ideas inspiring actions and actions validating ideas . Through dialogue and struggle there arose the justification of secular over ecclesiastic ...
In the Islamic experience , the mercantile / manufacturing classes depend on authoritative government to employ its military capability to police the domestic and international arenas ; they depend on religion for morality .
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