July 2, 2009
Salim Mansur: Muslim on Muslim Violence: What Drives It?Topics: Understanding Islam
In responding to a comment to a previous post titled "The Islamic Mein Kampf (Video)," written back on January 31, 2007, I referenced a Salim Mansur piece on Muslim violence that appeared in the Torunto Sun about that time but has since been removed from the web by most sites and was difficult to find (my link at my previous post no longer works).
Fortunately, I found it in a pdf version at mafhoum.com, and am re-posting the piece in hopes it doesn't disappear again. In his piece, Mansur points out that although Christians have their own history of violence, the intensity and persistence of Muslim violence against Muslims - the intra-Christian violence is now an exception when it occurs and not the norm - requires an explanation. Muslims need to confront their record on this matter, if they are going to break out of this cycle, by acknowledging the problem, understanding what are the sources of such violence, and then engaging in that brand of politics which will guide them into a democratic future and allow them to construct an alternative vision of Islam than the one that has been so destructive and counter-productive in the making of their history:
Mansur's point about the need for Muslims to construct an alternative vision of Islam than the one that has been so destructive and counter-productive in the making of their history, applies not only to Muslim on Muslim violence, but Muslim on non-Muslim violence, as well. It is a worthy read for Muslims and non-Muslims alike, and provides historical context that applies to what we're seeing throughout the world:
Muslim on Muslim Violence: What Drives It?
By Salim Mansur
(Salim Mansur is a professor of political science at the University of Western Ontario and a syndicated columnist in Canada and the United Kingdom. A Muslim native to Calcutta, India, and a noted Islamic scholar, Prof. Mansur has written extensively on Islamic extremism and the challenges facing contemporary Islam.)
Posted by Richard at July 2, 2009 7:30 AM
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