Study Guide: Clash of Civilizations

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Reading Notes are expected with each day’s assigned readings:  

Due W, 12/1 — Samuel Huntington, “The Clash of Civilizations?,” Foreign Affairs, Summer 1993

Due W, 12/1 — Summary of Huntington’s thesis and reactions

Video: Samuel Huntington interviewed by Charlie Rose, January 30, 1997


Responses to Huntington


Due Th, 12/2 — See Foreign Affairs, Sept-Oct., 1993  for responses to Huntington from Fouad Ajami,  Liu Binyan,  and Kishore Mahubani

Due Th, 12/2 — Richard K. Betts, “Conflict or Cooperation?: Three Visions Revisited, Foreign Affairs, Nov/Dec, 2010, 186ff.

Due F, 12/3    –  Karim Raslan, “The Islam Gap,” New York Times, Feb. 15, 2006

Optional Extra Reading:  Fouad Ajami’s second thoughts:  “The Clash,” New York Times Book Review, Jan. 6, 2008 – There are many other relevant articles on the “clash, Islamophobia, and related problems in the same issue: click here for the table of contents.

Due F, 12/3   –    Edward Said, “The Clash of Ignorance,” The Nation, Oct. 22, 2001

Video: Edward Said on Huntington and “the Clash”


Due same time you turn in final project paper:   Read this short article (via NMH VDT): The Economist, “Unholy Rows, Holy Places,” Oct. 9, 2010 .  Write a response drawing on Huntington’s “Clash” essay and at least one other assigned reading from this week’s study.  Footnotes and Academic Integrity Pledge required. 


Other Resources


Orville Schell’s review of a new book by Ian Morris (12/12/2010)

Osama bin Laden on the Clash

Huntington archive on this blog

New York City Islamic Center Debate, Summer-Fall, 2010

Ibn Warraq, “Democracy in a Cartoon,” SpiegelOnline, Feb. 3, 2006

More on Ibn Warraq

More on the 2006 cartoon controversy

The Legacy of Samuel P. Huntington  -  Video from Kennedy School of Government retrospective forum held Nov. 30, 2010  (RealPlayer required).

Francis Fukuyama, “Political Order in Egypt,” The American Interest Online, May-June, 2011

Robin Wright on the struggle within Islam


Edward Said on “Orientalism” 

Summary of Said’s thesis and reaction

See also “Wars of Words and Images” (survey of polemical attacks of one tradition on the other through history)


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