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Islam and the west

Is the failure of Islamic states the fault of Islam? Ian Buruma, Fred Halliday, Abdelwahab El-Affendi, Merryl Wyn Davies, Roger Scruton, Sami Zubaida, Iqbal Asaria and Mai Yamani discuss...

By Prospect   November 2001

Ian Buruma: To say that 11th September was a criminal act that has nothing to do with Islam is politically understandable but evades the issue. Clearly these terrorist acts have grown out of a broader political and economic failure in the Muslim world. And perhaps a failure of western response too. But what is at the root of these failures? Is colonialism to blame? Or is there a problem with the religion itself, or at least with the sort of political culture it produces?

Fred Halliday: You cannot blame the religion in the sense of the holy texts-the Koran, the…

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