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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This is why prosperity, and not adversity, is the real litmus test of how we define community. The Durban conference was about major crimes of the past, about racism, and xenophobia, and related crimes.

This was not a backwater family steeped in pre-modernity, but a cosmopolitan family. Think, for example, of the Arabic word al-Jahaliyawhich I have always known to mean the domain of ignorance. After all, is there not less and less talk of the clash of civilizations, and more and more talk of the clash inside civilizations? All of this is true, but I don’t think it explains terrorism.

Mualim understand the question of who bears responsibility for the present situation, it will help to contrast two madani, that after the Second World War and that after the Cold War, and compare how the question of responsibility was understood and addressed in two different contexts.

This article is born of dissatisfaction with the new wisdom that we must tell apart the Good Muslim from the Bad Muslim. But in times of prosperity, the short-sighted tend to walk away from others. The second, called “big Jihad ,” thinks of Jihad as more of a spiritual struggle against the self in a contaminated world. In practice, it translated into a US decision to harness, or even to cultivate, terrorism in the struggle against regimes it considered pro-Soviet.


The minor context was the Iranian Revolution of Second, the Reagan administration hoped to turn a religious schism inside Islam, between minority Shia and majority Sunni, into a political schism. Are there really two meanings of culture? Always, the idea was to leave a few to go and tell the story, to spread fear. In Europe, its urgency was underlined by the changing political situation in Yugoslavia, Albania, and particularly, Greece.

Take, for example the politics of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida, both of whom claim to be waging a Jihada just war against the enemies of Islam? The new thing was that these terrorist movements specifically targeted civilians. It is a human tendency to look for others in times of adversity. Rather, terrorism is a modern construction.

It is true that, unless we learn to mamdai, life will turn into revenge-seeking.

Transcript: Mahmood Mamdani on Good Muslim, Bad Muslim | Jul 03, 2006

Whose responsibility is it? Take the example of Islam, and the notion of Jihadwhich roughly translated means struggle. After all, we are now told to distinguish between good Muslims and bad Muslims. Should official America be held responsible for napalm bombing and spraying Agent Orange in Vietnam?

Rather than see this politics as the outcome of an archaic culture, I suggest we see neither the culture not the politics as archaic, but both as very contemporary outcomes of equally contemporary conditions, relations and conflicts.

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

America mamdqni built on two monumental crimes: See also Farish Noor ‘s essay on this site on the evolution of the term ‘Jihad. Both have a sense of mission to civilize the world. We must also memorialize, particularly monumental crimes. It is the recognition that the good life cannot be lived in isolation.

But in the other part of the world, it stands for habit, for some kind of instinctive activity, whose rules are inscribed in early founding texts, usually religious, and museumized in early artifacts?


Transcript: Mahmood Mamdani on Good Muslim, Bad Muslim | Jul 03, |

After that, it seems they just conform to culture. Thereby, it hoped to contain the influence of the Iranian Revolution as a minority Shia affair. 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 musli it. Or, the same thing, that an Orthodox Jew is a potential terrorist and only a Reform Jew is capable of being tolerant of those who do not share his convictions?

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Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror

Instead, it habitually looks for a high good pretext for inaction. Does culture stand for creativity, for what being human is all about, in one part of the world?

Official America has a habit of not taking responsibility for its own actions. I think of it as an enlightened version, because it does not just speak of the other, but also of self. Even if you should claim to know what is good mmdani humanity, how do you proceed? The tendency of official America is to memorialize other peoples’ crimes and to forget its own – to seek a high moral ground as a pretext to ignore real issues.

By persuasion or force? The demand was that governments must share power with terrorist organizations in the name of reconciliation – as in Mozambique, in Gopd Leone, and in Angola.