Saturday, February 11, 2006

Explaining IR to Muslims using "hudnah"

Systemic international relations, perpetual inter-state competition, and Muslims' optimal behavior - all explained using the concept of hudnah ("[temporary] truce"; this word also means "pause").

Very unique and insightful.

inna naHnu-l-a'lamoon.


At 8:50 AM, Blogger urbansocrates said...

Although I never put it in those terms, I've thought along just these lines, and I continue to wonder at the Islamic rejection of this particular aspect of Western society. Although from some Muslim perspectives, it is our wealth that has made us targets, precisely because so much of it is used to support the enemies of Islam (notably Israel).

At 7:45 PM, Blogger Muslihoon said...

Indeed. From their perspective, we've been so insolent to usurp the Muslims' rightful place as rulers of the world. Such attitudes and beliefs do color their perception and judgment of world powers.

Contemporary Muslim Apocalyptic Literature, by David Cook, discusses a little bit about anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism, and conspiracism in Muslim apocalyptic literature. This gives us a little insight as to what sort of stuff Muslims are wont to write when they discuss in an anti-Semitic, anti-Zionism, and conspiracist manner.

Of course, Daniel Pipe's The Hidden Hand: Middle East Fears of Conspiracy is an excellent book about such topics.

I hope Dr. Cook writes about anti-Semitism and Islam. I'd certainly read it, and he seems to have done quite some research on it already.


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