The West and the Rest: Globalization and the Terrorist Threat

The West and the Rest: Globalization and the Terrorist Threat

by Roger Scruton
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The West and the Rest: Globalization and the Terrorist Threat by Roger Scruton

A flood of books and articles has attempted to explain the course of events and ideas that eventually led to the shocking occurrences of 9/11, but few if any commentators have matched the analytical depth and originality displayed by noted English philosopher Roger Scruton in The West and the Rest. In this brief but important study, Scruton argues that to comprehend Islamist terrorism, one must understand what is unique -- and potentially dangerous -- about Western institutions, ideas, and technology. Scruton explains that the different religious and philosophical roots of Western and Islamic societies have resulted in profoundly divergent beliefs about the nature of political order. Globalization has stirred these divergences into an explosive mixture. Migration, modern communications, and the media have brought the formerly remote inhabitants of Islamic nations into constant contact with the images, products, and peoples of secular, liberal democracies. In light of this new reality, writes Scruton, certain Western assumptions -- about about consumption and prosperity, about borders and travel, about free trade and multinational corporations, and about multiculturalism -- need to be revised.

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ISBN-13: 9781882926817
Publisher: ISI Books
Publication date: 09/28/2002
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.27(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Roger Scruton is among the most prominent contemporary English writers. A philosopher who was formerly a professor at Birkbeck College in London and at Boston University, he is now a freelance writer. His articles on political, cultural, and rural themes appear frequently in the British and American media.

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Scruton is close to being the Edmund Burke of our time. His political conservatism is a mere epiphenominal manifestation of his full awareness that "community" is the condition of man; and he argues here that as community is weakened by an untethered individualism--and by materialistic gorging as well as estrangement from religious meanings--we rouse two reactions in the Islamic world. They are: fear and rage. This being so we are, to a certainty, caught up in a "clash of civilizations" and we had best gird ourselves for the long struggle.