Saturday, October 04, 2008

The importance of Islam at the present time

Q: How deeply rooted is that image still in Western culture and in the Western psyche?

A: I would say it was deeply rooted for quite a long time when the West was more or less continuously under attack. First, it was the Arab conquest was in Spain and then the Turks in Europe. Then it began to fade, but now, of course, it has revived for obvious reasons.

Q: Is the hatred of Muslim extremists towards the West greater than their hatred towards each other?
A: There is no one answer to that. It depends on the time and the place and the mood. There are different answers in different times and places.

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