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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... crisis of Islamic societies alluded to the reversal of the power balance between the West and the Islamic world , which began in the fourteenth century CE with the Renaissance , Western Europe's intellectual and cultural awakening .
Humanism is a centuries - old intellectual phenomenon that has taken on different shades in the course of time . It originated as a subcurrent within the European Renaissance . Humanism was not a formal philosophy but rather a mindset ...
At that point in history the new intellectual and literary trends were in full stride . The relevant question is whether there was any receptivity to them on the Islamic side of the civilizational frontier . They seemingly did inspire ...
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