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Why the "Muslim world" won't travel where the West has.

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Submitted by Shawn Cohen (United States), Mar 30, 2009 at 23:50

In the West, there seems to be a hybrid Victorian chivalry sometimes called "pluralism" which basically says "Don't be so dogmatic about anything that you offend those who disagree with you."

The Muslim world has no such compunction but seems to view any increase in domination as honorable and any subjugation as shameful. This would be apparent in Philip Carl Salzman's idea of "balanced opposition," I think.

Until Muslims view the synthesis of ideas as "honorable," they will always rejoice "when their enemy stumbles."

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