Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic by Tamim Ansary

By Tamim Ansary

We within the west percentage a standard narrative of worldwide background. yet our tale mostly omits an entire civilization whose voters shared a wholly assorted narrative for one thousand years.

In future Disrupted, Tamim Ansary tells the wealthy tale of worldwide background because the Islamic international observed it, from the time of Mohammed to the autumn of the Ottoman Empire and past. He clarifies why our civilizations grew up oblivious to one another, what occurred once they intersected, and the way the Islamic international was once laid low with its gradual acceptance that Europe—a position it lengthy perceived as primitive and disorganized—had someway hijacked future.

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The hundred or so civilians killed by a stray Israeli bomb in southern Lebanon during the Israeli operation there in spring, 1996. 4. The continued bombings by the United States and Britain of Iraqi targets in the no-flight zone established there in the aftermath of the Gulf War. 5. The retaliatory raids by Israel, using American-made weapons, against Palestinian targets. 6. Al-Risalah, 13 September 2001. Cited (in Hebrew) by MEMRI, Terror in America, No. 1. The MEMRI series, Terror in America, began on 11 September 2001.

Jihad is usually viewed as a collective duty (fard kifaya), binding the Muslim community at large, the umma, as a whole. Namely, when the Muslim authorities-that-be pursue jihad, every Muslim individual is thereby viewed as having discharged his duty. The duty to fight jihad is universal and perpetual until the entire world comes under Muslim dominion. However, because Muslim countries have desisted in practice, under various theological and practical considerations, from this idea, which otherwise would have permanently pitted them against the rest of the world, Muslim fundamentalists have come to take this duty as a personal one (fard ’ayn), and so have consecrated any struggle of theirs against Unbelievers as a pursuit of that holy duty.

One of their devices for walking the tightrope between popular resentment and their inability to respond to the American challenge to join the world war against terrorism is their attempt to draw distinctions between various kinds of terrorism. Theirs is considered, of course, ‘national liberation’, while moves of self-defence by the United States, Israel, or any country that does not toe their line, is ‘state terrorism’, or simply ‘true terrorism’. 32 All this rhetoric can be simply construed, however, as the third stage in Arab and Islamic reactions to the horror of 11 September.

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