The Attacks of 9/11 and the Subsequent Global War on Terror: Primordialist and Constructivist Perceptions

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Do you see it in primordial terms? How would a primordialist and constructivist each explain these events?

The primordialist view would suggest that the attacks were prompted by irreconcilable differences between Islamic culture and the West and that Islam felt threatened by the West. Essentially it states that "ethnic groups and nationalities exist because there are traditions of belief and action towards primordial objects such as biological factors and especially territorial location". (Gryosby, 1994 p. 168).).
There are a lot of grounds to the assumption that Islam has this attitude since Islamic fundamentalist leaders, such as Sayyid Qutb (1988) have written that their attacks have been prompted by Western interference and that Islam must separate itself totally from the West. They see themselves distinct in so many ways including in religion, blood structure, culture, history, and philosophy and think it crucial that their nation must not get sullied by Western influence.
On the other hand, Islamic history has shown periods of friendly assimilation and convergence with West, with indicates that Primordialism may extend only to a certain sect or group of people, rather than to their claim that there are irreconcilable differences between the two nations. History has shown that differences may…