Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Problem For Muslims and the West

I stumbled across this passage while reading The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman (a book filled with both insight and naivety). He quotes Theodore Dalrymple writing in the Spring 2004 edition of City Journal:

" . . . the problem is that so many Muslims want both stagnation and power: they want a return to the perfection of the seventh century and to dominate the twenty-first, as they believe is the birthright of their doctrine, the last testament of God to man. If they were content to exist in a seventh-century backwater, secure in a quietist philosophy, there would be no problem for them or us; their problem, and ours, is that they want the power that free inquiry confers, without either the free inquiry or the philosophy and institutions that guarantee that free inquiry. They are faced with a dilemma: either they abandon their cherished religion, or they remain forever in the rear of human technical advance. Neither alternative is very appealing, and the tension between their desire for power and success in the modern world on the one hand, and their desire not to abandon their religion on the other, is resolvable for some only by exploding themselves as bombs. People grow angry when faced with an intractable dilemma; they lash out."

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

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Which I found though this forum for free magazines.

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