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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Afghanistan was a brutalized society even before the present war began.

Good Muslim, Bad Muslim

Their culture seems to have no history, no politics, and no debates. Even when it tries to harness one or another aspect of tradition and culture, it puts this at the service of a modern project.

But civilization cannot be built on just forgetting. This was not a backwater family steeped in pre-modernity, but a cosmopolitan family. Second, the Reagan administration hoped to turn a religious schism inside Islam, between minority Shia and majority Sunni, into a political schism.

Each of us will have nothing but a catalogue of wrongs done to a long line of ancestors. In practice, it translated into a US decision to mamdank, or even to cultivate, terrorism in the struggle against regimes it considered pro-Soviet.

I would like to conclude with the question of responsibility. But in times of prosperity, the short-sighted tend to walk away from others.


That initiative was called the Marshall Plan. The Spectatora British weekly, carried a lead article a few weeks ago that argued that the link was not with all of Islam, but with a very literal interpretation of it.

Instead, it habitually looks for a high moral pretext for inaction. Just as, in mamdanj context, the Israeli intelligence created Hamas as an alternative to the secular PLO. The first, called “little Jihad ,” thinks of Jihad as a struggle against external enemies of Islam.

But it settled for the next best, the son of an illustrious family closely connected to the royal family. It endows programs at universities like Harvard and Yale.

I think of civilization as a constant mamdaani 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.

And only someone who thinks of the text as not literal, but as metaphorical or figurative, is better suited to civic life and the tolerance it calls for? I remain deeply skeptical that we can read people’s political behavior from their religion, or from their culture. And so did the center of gravity of US-sponsored terrorism.

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We must also memorialize, particularly monumental crimes. The Durban conference was about major crimes of the past, about racism, and xenophobia, and related crimes. Ever since September 11, there has been a growing media interest in Islam. Mind you, not between good and bad persons, nor between criminals and makdani citizens, who both happen to be Muslims, but between good Muslims and bad Muslims.


I use the word Crusade, not Jihadbecause only the notion of Crusade can accurately convey the frame of mind in which this initiative was taken. We seek friends and allies in times of danger.

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It is my own construction, but it is not a fabrication. After the meeting, Reagan brought them out into the White House lawn, and introduced them to the media in these words: Do you convince others of the validity of your truth or do you proceed by imposing it on them?

Could it be that a person who takes his or her religion literally is a potential terrorist? Take the example of Islam, and the notion of Jihadwhich roughly translated means struggle. But now the CIA was determined to create one.

Should official America be held responsible for napalm bombing and spraying Agent Orange in Vietnam? Musilm Bin Laden family is a patron of scholarship. Whose responsibility is it?