Sunday, May 15, 2005

Tolerance, Muslims, and the Media

The West’s approach toward Muslim communities has dramatically changed in the post September 11 era. Over this period, Western officials and analysts have zoomed in on security concerns and measures to curb religious extremism.

In the post September 11 world, excessive stress has been placed on the need for a security-oriented approach toward Muslim communities, leading to disregard for the fact that extremism is basically a “cultural issue”. And history is replete with examples of how security approaches have failed to solve cultural issues.

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