I recall a speaker’s comment from my undergrad days that is illustrative of this. I only saw part of it and I don’t remember anything else about it, or who the speaker even was (beyond the fact that he was a historian or political scientist) but his word stuck with me: “The great tragedy of our time is the belief of ‘to every tribe a flag.'”


One often hears about how the Muslim world needs to undergo the Enlightenment and engage modernity, learning the virtues of supposedly modern tolerance. Its an understandable but naïve sentiment. …

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