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Edward Said: The Clash of Ignorance (Oct 4, 2001)

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    Assalamu alaikum, The Clash of Ignorance by Edward W. Said Labels like Islam and the West serve only to confuse an already disorderly reality. Edward W.
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      Assalamu'alaikum,

      The Clash of Ignorance
      by Edward W. Said

      Labels like "Islam" and "the West" serve only to confuse an already
      disorderly reality. Edward W. Said explains.

      http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20011022&s=said

      But we are all swimming in those waters, Westerners and Muslims and others
      alike. And since the waters are part of the ocean of history, trying to plow
      or divide them with barriers is futile. These are tense times, but it is
      better to think in terms of powerful and powerless communities, the secular
      politics of reason and ignorance, and universal principles of justice and
      injustice, than to wander off in search of vast abstractions that may give
      momentary satisfaction but little self-knowledge or informed analysis. "The
      Clash of Civilizations" thesis is a gimmick like "The War of the Worlds,"
      better for reinforcing defensive self-pride than for critical understanding
      of the bewildering interdependence of our time.

      ALSO:

      (Note: Very Long)

      Chomsky vs. Hitchens
      by Christopher Hitchens & Noam Chomsky - Debating the roots of the September
      11 terrorist attack.

      Christopher Hitchens's October 8 Nation magazine column provoked a spate of
      mail, both pro and con, which led to Hitchens's elaboration for the Nation
      website, in which he took many progressives to task, including Noam Chomsky,
      for being soft on what he calls "Islamic Fascism." Chomsky then replied. and
      a further exchange ensued. All of this follows below.

      http://www.thenation.com/special/20010911debate.mhtml

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