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10.11.2007   22:49   +Feedback

Bernard Lewis: How Muslims View The World

In the course of his talk, Lewis made two other points about how many Middle Eastern Muslims view the world, which have more obvious consequences and are worth unpacking a bit.
The first is the legacy of the Cold War in Muslim thinking. Lewis noted that, in America, we tend to view the collapse of the Soviet Union as an American, or Western, triumph. Freedom, democracy and capitalism beat repression, oligarchy and communism. The truth of this view seems self-evident. Not, however, to our current radical enemies.
“According to the point of view of Osama bin Laden and his many, many followers, it was nothing of the kind,” Lewis explained. “It was not a Western victory in the Cold War; it was a Muslim victory in a holy war. It was a triumph of Islam in a jihad against the infidels.”

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