August 20th, 2012

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The clash within

After the so-called Six Day War in 1967, the Lebanese intellectual Salah al-Munajjid wrote a treatise called The Pillars of Disaster. A text full of panic and despair. The Arabs, particularly those in Egypt and Syria, had suffered a devastating defeat by the tiny state of Israel, their armies utterly destroyed within less than a week. Munajjid was accusing his compatriots for the disaster, blaming it on their flirting with Arab nationalism, which had obviously been severely punished by the enemy. The only solution to the problem would be reverting to authentic Islam, he argued, and getting back to traditional piety and devout faith, which would guarantee new strength to the Arabs.

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