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Balkans Continuity

Stephen Schwartz puts the Serbian crowds attacking the U.S. embassy into perspective, offering a very harsh, but by no means an unfair, judgment: Let Serbs dance in the ashes of their undeserved reputation for honor and glory. They will be...
Posted in ideofact on February 21, 2008 11:52 PM

Reuchlin remembered

He was in prison at the time, and with a less than stellar library (one imagines--this was Little Tito's Yugoslavia), so perhaps one can forgive Alija Izetbegovic for his oversight in this passage from his notebooks:Anti-Semitism in Germany is very...
Posted in ideofact on January 26, 2005 11:58 PM

Incompatible

As many have noted, a fascist (there's really no need to tack on "Islamo-" anymore) purporting to be Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has threatened Iraqi voters, declaring them "infidels" if they prefer to elect their own leaders rather than be content...
Posted in ideofact on January 24, 2005 10:22 PM

Western Roots of Islamism (more)

Now Athena of Terrorism Unveiled is weighing in on the question of whether there are Western roots of Islamist doctrine. She refers to the article linked in the Samizdata post to which I referred last night, and writes, Not only...
Posted in ideofact on July 12, 2004 11:55 PM

2 Qutb 8f

If this post seems repetitive (the previous one is here), it's only because the eighth chapter of Sayyid Qutb's work Milestones is itself rather repetitive. Qutb cites a series of Qur'anic verses and one Hadith to justify his contention that...
Posted in ideofact on June 8, 2004 11:50 PM

2 Qutb 8e

It's been awhile since I last wrote about Sayyid Qutb's work Milestones (the whole series can be found here). I've enjoyed the respite, and I was thinking of giving up Qutb altogether, but the brain of Osama, as he was...
Posted in ideofact on June 7, 2004 11:49 PM

Four Enclosed Walls -- I.

Zack Ajmal of the excellent Procrastination blog has a post well worth reading -- and be sure to follow the links. I won't say any more, but it provides a rather important contrast to a lot of the kinds of...
Posted in ideofact on May 27, 2004 11:02 PM

Memory lane

Every once in a while, I'm reminded of an old post -- largely because someone leaves a comment on something I'd forgotten about. I rather enjoyed being reminded of this one, culled mostly from the late Alija Izetbegovic's Notes from...
Posted in ideofact on March 4, 2004 11:03 PM

Izetbegovic ill

And, from what I hear from my Bosnian sources, probably terminally so. Here's an account from Reuters.There's also the sad news of the work at a mass grave in eastern Bosnia:Forensic scientists say they have discovered the remains of almost...
Posted in ideofact on September 18, 2003 10:37 PM

Stagnation

I enjoy turning the pages of Alija Izetbegovic's Notes from Prison, 1983-1988, a book with much sense in it. In the section Thoughts on Islam, he writes, The dogma of absolute obedience to the ruler led gradually, through a specific...
Posted in ideofact on September 15, 2003 11:54 PM

Democracy & Islam

Maryam of A Dervish's Dua has an post on pluralistic democracy in Islam. She writesI find it noteworthy that the Prophet did not nominate a successor (leaving aside minority Shi'i claims for the moment). For me, this signals that Islam...
Posted in ideofact on September 14, 2003 11:42 PM

The Wisest of Men

From Alija Izetbegovic's Notes from Prison:During the last years of Cromwell's power, the wisest Englishmen were invited to take over power. This "cabinet of the saints" or "cabinet of the sages," as it was called by the English, soon disintegrated...
Posted in ideofact on September 3, 2003 11:35 PM