Sunday, April 19, 2009

Barack Obama's provocative approach to Islam

Barack Obama does anything but conjure up the specter of a clash of civilizations. In his visit to Turkey two weeks ago the American president continued his efforts to engage the Muslim world, declaring in his speech to the Turkish parliament that "the United States is not at war with Islam," and professing America's "deep appreciation of the Islamic faith." Yet his message to the Islamic world is far more provocative for Islamic radicals than is properly appreciated by Western audiences hoping for reconciliation with Islam. Indeed, Obama's vision represents a departure from the West's own perspective on Islam in a sense that has so far escaped attention.
Thus writes Halil M. Karaveli in the Jerusalem Post. He argues that Obama's focus is on strengthening the secularist trends in the Muslim world. The whole article can be read HERE.

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