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Friday, September 16, 2005

The Mirror of Islam

This author, a professor of european history at Oxford, provides six arguments about Islam. He provides short answers that either negate the question or turn it to a new, insightful angle. Finally, he suggests that one's view of Islam is a mirror in which one sees not Islam, but oneself.
What's your problem with Islam?

By Timothy Garton Ash, TIMOTHY GARTON ASH is the professor of European studies at Oxford University and a Hoover Institution senior fellow.

SITTING IN THE CAPITAL of the Islamic Republic of Iran, with a metal arrow on the ceiling of my hotel room pointing to Mecca, I feel impelled to write about our troubles with Islam. Four years after the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington, which were perpetrated in the name of Allah, most people in what we still loosely call the West would agree that we do have troubles with Islam. ....

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