Viewing Violence
and Terrorism
in a Larger Context

By Mehrzad Boroujerdi


A German philosopher once said: “It is part of morality not to be at home in one’s home.” Allow me to speak as a man who by deliberate choice as well as involuntary circumstances often finds himself “homeless.” Better yet, allow me to speak as a “skeptical homeless man” who in the aftermath of the heinous acts committed on September 11 is more inclined than ever to subscribe to that worldview best summed up in the phrase “pessimism of intellect, optimism of will.”

 

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The Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia, is a holy site in Islam second only to nearby Mecca. The conflict between westernization and Islamic tradition has become much more acute since the September 11 attacks.

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