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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Take , for example , the English martyr , which is conventionally translated into and from the Arabic shahid . In the Islamic context , a martyr is one who dies fighting for the cause of Islam or the sake of the Muslim community .
... of the funerals of martyrs . ... consisted of songs , poems , sketch - art , graffiti , banners , posters , and mosaic - like panels as well as jihadist videos , makeshift martyr shrines , and martyr photos , cards , and calendars .
The commemoration of current - day martyrs is likewise taken up in the media of the streets . ... 18 Martyr videos demonstrate that self - sacrifice is a response to the call of truth and that full commitment to Islam must precede ...
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