Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: A Political Perspective on Culture and Terrorism. Mahmood Mamdani. Department of Anthropology and. U. MAHMOOD MAMDANI. Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: A Political Pers on Culture and Terrorism. ABSTRACT The link between Islam and terrorism became a. Mahmood Mamdani’s Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold. War and the Roots of Terror is a book about historical memory and politics. Mamdani hopes.

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Good Muslim, Bad Muslim

Or, the same thing, that an Orthodox Jew is a potential terrorist and only a Reform Jew is capable of being tolerant of those who do not share his convictions? Thereby, it hoped to contain the influence of the Iranian Revolution as a minority Shia affair.

Mind you, not between good and bad persons, nor between criminals and civic citizens, who both happen to be Muslims, but between good Muslims and mahmooc Muslims. Before exploring the politics of it, let me clarify the historical moment. Both have a sense of mission to civilize the world.

Mahmood Mamdani: Good Muslim, Bad Muslim — An African Perspective

The contemporary history of Southern Africa, Central America, and Afghanistan testifies to this tendency. That perhaps is the real challenge today.

After all, is there not less and less talk of the clash of civilizations, and more and more talk of the clash inside civilizations? I want to suggest that we turn the cultural theory of politics on its head. Even more, these people seem incapable of transforming their culture, the way they seem incapable of growing their own food.

Rather than see this politics as the outcome of an archaic culture, I suggest we see neither the culture not the politics as archaic, but both as very contemporary outcomes of equally contemporary conditions, relations and conflicts.


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The second, called “big Jihad ,” thinks of Jihad as more of a spiritual struggle against the self in a contaminated world. It is true that, unless we learn to forget, life will turn into revenge-seeking. Muelim is how it goes. Does culture stand for creativity, for what being human is all about, in one part of the world?

Should it mus,im held responsible for cultivating terrorist movements in Southern Africa and Central America?

The Durban conference was about major crimes of the past, about racism, and xenophobia, and related crimes. In one of these articles, Eqbal distinguished between two broad traditions in the understanding of Jihad. Culture Talk Mahmoid our world really divided into two, so that one part makes culture and the other is a prisoner of culture?

I think of civilization as a constant creation whereby we gradually expand the boundaries of community, the boundaries of those with whom we share the world – this is why it is so grotesque to see bombs and food parcels raining on the defenseless people of Afghanistan from the same source. Whose responsibility is it? Ever since September 11, there has been a growing media interest in Islam. The Question of Responsibility To understand the question of who bears responsibility for the present situation, it will help to contrast two situations, that after the Second World War and that after the Mmahmood War, and compare how the question of responsibility was understood and addressed in two different contexts.

A Challenge to Whom?


After all, we are now told to distinguish between good Muslims and bad Muslims. The demand was that governments must share power with terrorist organizations in the name of reconciliation – as in Mozambique, in Sierra Leone, and in Angola. Islam and Christianity have one thing in common. Could it be true that an orthodox Muslim is a potential terrorist?

Always, the idea was to leave a few to go and tell the story, to spread fear. I think of it as an enlightened version, because it does not just speak of the other, but also of self.

Conclusion I would like to conclude with the question of responsibility. Their culture seems to have no history, no politics, and no debates. We must also memorialize, particularly monumental crimes. It was determined to put a version of tradition at the service of politics. This is the context in which the US accepted responsibility for restoring conditions for decent life in noncommunist Europe.

An African Perspective on Contemporary Terrorism Eqbal Ahmed writes of a television image fromof Ronald Reagan meeting a group of turbaned men, all Afghani, all leaders of the Mujaheddin. Take, for example the politics of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida, both of whom claim to be waging a Jihada just war against the enemies of Islam? Both consider the world beyond a sea of ignorance, one that needs to be redeemed. First, it drooled at the prospect of uniting a billion Muslims around a holy war, a Crusade, against the evil empire.

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