Huntington And Mamdani 's Views On Culture And Islam

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Huntington and Mamdani make two very different arguments. They both make points about what causes conflict. Huntington describes his theories on a future “clash of civilizations” while Mamdani argues that 9/11 did not happen because of a clash of civilizations. Mamdani also disagrees with Huntington’s opinions on culture and Islam.
Huntington believes that the world can be organized by civilizations based on culture instead of political or economic systems. Huntington focuses on two civilizations, Western civilization and Islamic civilization. Huntington believes that these civilizations will face inevitable conflict. The sources of conflict may be struggles for military, economic, and institutional power or it may come from differences in basic values and beliefs between the two cultures. Huntington states “It is my hypothesis that the fundamental source of conflict in this new world will not be primarily ideological or primarily economic. The great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural...the clash of civilizations will dominate global politics. The fault lines between civilizations will be the battle lines of the future” (Huntington, pg. 22). Mamdani says Huntington’s argument “was built around two ideas: that since the end of the Cold War ‘the iron curtain of ideology’ had been replaced by a ‘velvet curtain of culture,’ and that the velvet curtain had been drawn across ‘the bloody borders of Islam” (Mamdani, pg. 21).…

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