Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: A Political Perspective on Culture and Terrorism. Mahmood Mamdani. Department of Anthropology and. U. MAHMOOD MAMDANI. Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: A Political Pers on Culture and Terrorism. ABSTRACT The link between Islam and terrorism became a. Mahmood Mamdani’s Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold. War and the Roots of Terror is a book about historical memory and politics. Mamdani hopes.

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But now the CIA was determined to create one. Mamdank is the context in which the US accepted responsibility for restoring conditions for decent life in noncommunist Europe. Whose responsibility is it? Like Afghanistan, are these countries hosting terrorism, or are they also hostage to terrorism? Take, for example the politics of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida, both of whom claim to mameani waging a Jihada just war against the enemies of Islam?

That initiative was called the Marshall Plan. This conviction is so deep-seated that it is even found in its secular version, as in the old colonial notion of “a civilizing mission,” or in its more racialized version, “the White Man’s Burden. And only someone who thinks of the text as not literal, but as metaphorical or figurative, is better suited to civic life and the tolerance it calls for? In practice, it translated into a US decision to harness, or even to cultivate, terrorism in the struggle against regimes it considered pro-Soviet.

That perhaps is the real challenge today.

Transcript: Mahmood Mamdani on Good Muslim, Bad Muslim | Jul 03, |

How do you make sense of politics that consciously wears the mantle of religion? After the meeting, Reagan brought them out into the White House lawn, and introduced them to the media mualim these words: Second, the Reagan administration hoped to turn a religious schism inside Islam, between minority Shia and majority Sunni, into a political schism.


Could it be true mislim an orthodox Muslim is a potential terrorist? It is a human tendency to look for others in times of adversity. In Southern Africa, the immediate result was a partnership between the US and apartheid South Africa, accused by the UN of perpetrating “a crime against humanity.

It was not simply that they were willing to tolerate a higher level of civilian casualties in military confrontations – what official America nowadays calls collateral damage. Should it be held responsible for cultivating terrorist movements in Southern Africa and Central America? Some may object that I am presenting a caricature of what we read in the press. After all, is there not less and less talk of the clash of civilizations, and more musslim more talk of the clash inside civilizations?

It seems just to mahmlod petrified into a lifeless custom. Remember, it was not so long ago that some claimed that the behavior of others could be read from their genes. First, it drooled at the prospect of uniting mahmoid billion Muslims around a holy war, a Crusade, against the evil empire.

An African Perspective on Contemporary Terrorism Eqbal Ahmed writes of a television image fromof Ronald Reagan meeting a group of turbaned men, all Afghani, all leaders of the Mujaheddin. It has little trace of ethnocentrism. This argument was echoed widely in many circles, more recently in the New York Times. Thereby, it hoped to contain the influence of the Iranian Revolution as a minority Shia affair.

Mahmood Mamdani: Good Muslim, Bad Muslim — An African Perspective

The Bin Laden family is a patron of scholarship. The first alternative gives you reason and evangelism; the second gives you the Crusades. This was not a backwater family steeped in pre-modernity, but a cosmopolitan family. Click here for Ahmed’s article explaining Jihad.


This partnership bolstered a number of terrorist movements: I think of it as an enlightened version, because it does not just speak of the other, but also of self.

Good Muslim, Bad Muslim

Both share a deeply messianic orientation. We are told that there is a fault line running through Islam, a line that divides moderate Islam, called genuine Islam, and extremist political Islam.

The object of spreading fear was to paralyze government. Think, for example, of the Arabic word al-Jahaliyawhich I have always known to mean the domain of ignorance. We must not yood learn to forget, we must also not forget to learn.

Do you convince others of the validity of your truth or do you proceed by imposing it on them? We are now told to give serious attention to culture. See also Farish Noor ‘s essay on this site on the evolution of the term ‘Jihad.

The contemporary history of Southern Africa, Central America, and Afghanistan testifies to this tendency. The terrorists of September 11, we are told, did not just hijack planes; it is said that they also hijacked Islam, meaning genuine Islam!

Transcript: Mahmood Mamdani on Good Muslim, Bad Muslim | Jul 03, 2006

Before exploring the politics of it, let me clarify the historical moment. Renamo in Mozambique, and Unita in Angola. The Islamic world had not seen an armed Jihad for centuries.

Culture Talk Is our world really divided into two, so that one part makes culture and the other is a prisoner of culture? All of this is true, but I don’t think it explains terrorism.