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Interesting review of Olivier Roy’s Globalised Islam in the Guardian this weekend, with lots of interesting tidbits. I didn’t know, for instance, that, due to emigration, one third of the world’s Muslims are now members of a minority, many in western countries. The effect of this is what Roy calls (rather awkwardly) deterritorialisation of Islam, and one of its effects is the decoupling of religion and culture, rendering the idea of the “clash of civilizations” (Islam vs. the West) irrelevant. Roy sees secularization as a global trend, and he may well be right about that. But, judging by the last election here in the States, it’s probably safe to say that there’s still a clash at work, but instead of it being betwen civilizations, it’s between secular vs. religious views of the world.


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