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 fact is that such notions , many of them generated in the West , are not historical at all , but romantic . The western Arabia of Muhammad's day was not an impoverished , backward land . It was part of a region - wide commercial ...
28 On the development of the notion of “ persons ” in Arab antiquity and Islam , we still lack an in depth work comparable to Mauss , Marcel , “ Une categorie de L'esprit humain : La notion de personne , celle de ' moi , ' " originally ...
92 Yet , over the years these efforts tended to reflect not one , but rather two , reinforcing processes : interpreting Western notions in a manner compatible with the Shari'a precepts ; and re - interpreting the latter with the view of ...
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