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Letter to a young Muslim

The second cllash was more on how the Middle East views America and why. No major area of the Islamic world is left untouched. One Hundred Years of Servitude.

They don’t want the ayatollahs to rule them any more. The reason they are openly mistreating prisoners they captured after waging an illegal war in Afghanistan is to assert their power before the world – hence they humiliate Cuba by doing their dirty work on its soil – and warn others who attempt to twist the lion’s tail that the punishment will be severe. They tortured and executed prisoners, raped women, threw prisoners out of helicopters to die on the ground or drown in the sea, and all this, of course, in the name of freedom.

Crusades, Jihads and Modernity by Tariq Ali. Catholic Sharia, or the state within the state. Over the years, in every discussion with Iraqis, Syrians, Saudis, Egyptians, Jordanians and Palestinians, the same aali are raised, the same problems recur.


It was in the prison that I felt I am reaching a stage of intellectual maturity. Exploiters and manipulators have always used religion self-righteously to further og own selfish ends. Tariq Ali Punjabi, Urdu: Into the Hands of the Soldiers. The kingdom of corruption.

In the first half of the book, he explores the history of Islamic civilization. Would you tolerate your sister, your mother or the woman you love being hidden from public view and only allowed out shrouded like a corpse? I remember saying to myself that Ali would have been better off writing a straightforward account of figures such as Saladin, Mohammad, etc.

The Iranian revolution marked the beginning of this process. He understood at once that Ibn Wahhab’s teachings might further his own military ambitions. Later, partly under pressure from an expanding West, Islamic society declined and religious intolerance increased, although not without challenges from within Tagiq itself.

I don’t want you to misunderstand me. The Iranian ayatollahs dealt severely with Muslims who preached in favour of a social radicalism.

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Should we blame them for the civil war, or those in Algiers and Paris who robbed them of their victory? The imperial fundamentalists are talking about the “axis of evil”, which includes Iran.


Our politicians are corrupt. The aerial attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, a global spectacle of unprecedented dimensions, generated an enormous volume of commentary. As we have come to expect from him, he is lucid, eloquent, literary, and painfully honest, as he dissects both Islamic and Western fundamentalism.

The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity

If we elected our own government, in one or two countries people might elect Islamists. I know that many of your friends claeh chanting the name “Osama” and I know that they cheered on September 11, Ali’s book contains much vivid detail, but while the flow of his discourse is vividly literary, his sentences somehow fail to explain clearly.

House of Trump, House of Putin. Six months before he would have looked straight through me. They were bombed for 15 whole years and lost millions of their people.

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I know of Argentine students who walked out when a teacher criticised Osama. His father is a muezzin and his upbringing was ultra-religious. I can almost hear your question.