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Islam and the Other « Previous | |Next »
February 29, 2004

I've little time to post as I'm back on the road again. This article by Tariq Ramadan is interesting. The link is courtesy of Abu Aardvark.

Tarig says that in the Middle East :

"The temptation is high..... to blame the collapse on the Other, the exploiter, the rich, the West and no bones are ever made about, throughout the Arab and Islamic world, eliciting all the arguments available to "explain" the situation this way. From old political colonisation to the modern forms of economic control, from the divisions maintained to the cultural imperialism imposed, from governments to multinationals who dictate their will to dominate from their Western base, the causes are clear and the situation understood: Muslims are suffering from a multi-faceted form of oppression."

His argument is that instead of blaming only the West, Muslims need to start to criticise themselves in order to strengthen their position.

My immediate reaction was that Muslims do so. The Arab cartoons that I have seen are deeply critical of current Arab rulers.

When I have a moment tomorrow I will post some and come back to Tariq's article.

I never did get that moment. Here is a cartoon that shows the critical edge of Arab cartons towards Arab rulers:

Jalal Al-Rifa'i, Ad Dustour, 3/4/04, Repairing the Arab League

As well as blaming the Other (the West) for the poor situation Arab nation state find themselves in, the finger is also pointed at the Arab League.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 12:48 PM | | Comments (0)