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Islamic failure

One of Pakistan's leading scientists gives a frank account of the political and intellectual backwardness of the Islamic world.

By Pervez Hoodbhoy   February 2002

If the world is to be spared what future historians might call the “century of terror,” we will have to chart a course between US imperial arrogance and Islamic religious fanaticism. Through these waters, we must steer by a distant star toward a democratic, humanistic and secular future. Otherwise, shipwreck is certain.

For nearly four months now, leaders of the Muslim community in the US, and even President Bush, have routinely asserted that Islam is a religion of peace that was hijacked by fanatics on 11th September.

These two assertions are simply untrue. First, Islam-like Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism or any…

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