Globalisation, The Middle East and Terrorism: Space for Dissent

Islam and the mosque have provided the last refuge for those disadvantaged by the Middle Eastern states. In times of economic hardship and repression, religion has produced space for dissent. The ‘war’ against terrorism should now deal with the real roots of resentment.

The World Today Published 1 March 2002 Updated 23 October 2020 4 minute READ

Since the horrific attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center on September 11, many thousands of words have been written about the relationship between Islam, the Middle East and globalisation. Much of this has been quickly produced, speculative and has, for the large part, followed the lead given by former American Assistant Secretary of State, James Rubin.

Rubin, speaking on British television in the immediate aftermath of the assault, argued that this was not only a strike against America, but an attack on civilisation itself. In targeting the World Trade Center the perpetrators had attacked ‘the centre of western civilisation, where all the countries of the world trade in finance, industry, in all sorts of products.’

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