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Looking for peace in troubled times

  • Simon Marcus Gower

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 3 2008   /  10:16 am

People of the Book -- The Forgotten History of Islam and the West
By Zachary Karabell
John Murray (Publishers), London, 2007
328 pages We seem to live in an age in which expressions using the word "clash" are quite commonplace and have even, to some degree, become clich*d. It is almost a trend, even a norm, in thinking to use expressions like -- these are times of "clash of civilizations", "a clash of cultures", "a clash of religions", "a clash of Islam and the West". The list of "clashes", real or imagined, could probably go on and on but it may be wondered whether talk of these "clashes" is negatively introducing and supporting ideas of conflict. They may, in fact, be self-fulfilling prophecies that we could well do without. It could, therefore, be considered refr...