Sadik J. Al-Azm

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9 May 2005

Time out of joint

Sadik J. Al-Azm looks at the reactions to September 11 in the Arab world and explains them in contrast to Samuel Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations. He points out that the Arab world can barely “clash” with the West due to the vast difference in power between the two, and he also questions the reasons for this “clash”, seeing things like politics and vital interests as stronger catalysts than purely spiritual ideals.