August 23, 2013
JUST LIKE US:Mosque or Modernity? (MIchael Rocard, 8/22/13. Project Syndicate)
Peace in this huge and strategically vital region - and thus in the world - can prevail only if its countries manage, despite their turmoil, to protect themselves from ideological extremes and political excesses. The importance of this should be abundantly clear to Westerners, whose modern civilization grew out of religious dissent that was initially met by the violence of the Inquisition and the Counter-Reformation. If Islam, particularly in the Middle East, is on a similar trajectory, long-term instability in the region is all but assured.
Except that with the Islamic world on exactly the same trajectory as the Christian world was 500 years ago, the argument that follows is that they are on track for long term stability like our own.
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 23, 2013 12:14 AM
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