The Radicalization of Islam
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The paper discusses how the conflict between the Western World and the Arab world, largely waged between the United States and such long-standing allies as the United Kingdom and Australia, is the fallout of centuries of subjugation, exploitation and occupation. The paper focuses on a text by Husain, which details the experience of one Briton who would move from a life of normal devotion to one of extremist engagement with little warning, and illustrates how the experience of humiliation and disenfranchisement which has been foisted upon Muslims living as second class citizens has helped to stimulate a virulent form of political and ideological resentment. The paper then emphasizes that terrorist activities are inherently counterintuitive to Koranic values and are a threat to Islam itself.
From the Paper:"Certainly, these are the qualities that have been emergent in the aftermath of such attacks as those on September 11ths. To the point, when Islamic extremists used American commercial airliners as missiles and felled the World Trade Center in New York City while simultaneously using the same method to punch a whole in the side of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., the Western World came to understand the extent to which hatred between the modern and tribal worlds had grown. The ultimate implication of the events of 9/11 is that Islam has become, as a result of American foreign policy, economic patterns and military endeavors, a hostile and radicalized culture. This is largely based on perceptions in the Islamic World that the Western World acts with favoritism toward Israel in diplomacy, demonstrates a tendency to exploit Arab states with military acts and pursues opportunistic relationships based on its dependence on Mid-East oil. One of the reasons that is most noted for anger with the Western World by Muslim leaders of state and by the average Islamist residing in the Middle East, is the fact that the United States has so strongly supported Israeli statehood."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Gottschalk, P. & Greenberg, G. (?). Islamophobia. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
- Husain, E. (2007). The Islamist: Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain, What I Saw Inside and Why I Left. Penguin.
- Leiken, R.S. (2005). Europe's Angry Muslims. Foreign Affairs, 84(4).
- Mamdani, M. (2004). Good Muslim, Bad Muslim. Random House.
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