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Which civilisation?

The idea of a liberal "west," standing out against fundamentalism, is a fallacy.

By Michael Lind   November 2001

Since 11th september, political leaders have struggled to define the sides in what is clearly a kind of war. Is it a war between radical Muslims and the US? Is it a war between the Christian west and Islam? Or is the conflict an even larger one-between secularism and fundamentalism around the world?

The most influential attempts to define the post-cold war world have been those of Francis Fukuyama in The End of History and the Last Man (1992) and Samuel P Huntington, in his essay “The Clash of Civilisations” (1993). Fukuyama famously argued that liberal democracy is the final…

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