Edited by Ami Bedi
On September 11, 2001, America and the civilized world woke up to the horror and the tragedy of the destruction of the World Trade Center twin towers by fundamentalist Osama Bin Laden"s terrorist organization. Over six thousand unarmed civilians were killed in the glaring daylight of the world media. Suicidal terrorists made civilian planes into lethal missiles hurled into high-rise office buildings where thousands of unsuspecting people were just getting down to their days work. The world is still in a state of trauma, shock, grief and anger about these terrorist attacks as the innocence and tranquility of America bled away that portentous morning.
All of us are searching to make sense of this trauma, cataclysm, and chaos. We are asking questions that we may never know the answers to. Did we provoke the terrorists? Could we have predicted and prevented these attacks? Are more attacks on the way? Will there be bio-terrorism or chemical warfare on the streets, boulevards and fields of America as children go to school and people go about their business? Is there anything we can do… Read More
The author of this paper is a European analyst of Italian origin, now living in the U.S. In keeping with this change of landscape, I will break an atavistic rule of my background and will use the first person more freely to voice my thoughts and feelings. Acting under the urgency of the events of September 11, I will forego scholarly writing even though with my background it is the preferred, respectable style. (1) I will try to keep my reflections psychological yet I will not avoid at least touching upon other fields. I am writing under the impulse to foster a better understanding between Islam and the West.
To prepare the way for dialogue about Islam and the West, I first want to reflect on differences between the "West" and the "American West." Knowing both sides of the Atlantic, I feel that the unity of the "West" is often fictitious, hypocritical--a fragile mask. I have tried to tell my American colleagues things that Europeans often see but do not say in their professional or personal transatlantic conversations. Europeans are bound more tightly to old codes of politeness that prohibit criticism, especially direct criticism, of their interlocutor. Beyond cultural codes,… Read More
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