Islam, Democracy, and the West

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Writing a few months prior to her assassination, Bhutto explores the complicated history between the Middle East and the West. She traces the roots of international terrorism across the world, including American support for Pakistani general Zia-ul-Haq, who destroyed political parties, eliminated an independent judiciary, marginalized NGOs, suspended the protection of human rights, and aligned Pakistani intelligence agencies with the most radical elements of the Afghan mujahideen. She speaks out not just to the West, but to the Muslims across the globe who are at a crossroads between the past and the future, between education and ignorance, between peace and terrorism, and between dictatorship and democracy. Democracy and Islam are not incompatible, and the clash between Islam and the West is not inevitable.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2008.
ISBN: 9780061567582
Characteristics: viii, 328 pages ;,24 cm.


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Oct 10, 2019

"Although the characteristics of any civilization can change and adapt over time, they do not disappear. Significant variance on any of the variables among different civilizations can lead to conflict. If the conflict is serious and prolonged, it can, of course, lead to violence and even war. And although differences over the elements of civilization do not necessarily lead to conflict, the clash theory argues that, historically, 'differences among civilizations have generated the most prolonged and the most violent conflicts.' " The most brilliant woman i have ever met.

Aug 17, 2018

The assassination of ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan was a great loss to the West perhaps even more than for the state.

She was a transformative force seeking greater democracy in the face of the destructive dictatorship of Gen Zia-ul-Haq who as head of the military was supported by the US. She bravely returned back to her homeland to help the poor and disenfranchised, fully knowing the risk she was taking.

As the first woman leader of an Islamic country, Bhutto led an effort to reach the peaceful Muslims in the face of extremists. She was a key voice in answering the divide. In this book, she outlines ideas of what could be done to undermine al-Queda and ISIS.

What a tragic loss!

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