Author Archives: Arshin Adib-Moghaddam

A Bibliographic Entry for the Clash of Civilizations

Introduction From a contemporary perspective, the phrase “clash of civilizations” was popularized by the British-American Orientalist Bernard Lewis in an article for the Atlantic Monthly published in 1990. Lewis argued that Islamic militancy is reinvigorating an ancient rivalry between Islam and the “Judeo-Christian heritage” of the “West.” Harvard professor Samuel P. Huntington took up the concept and…

Margaret Thatcher and West Asia

Margaret Thatcher was a true Cold War Amazon. Her perception of world politics was seriously affected, if not determined by the global competition between the West and the Soviet Union. This bipolar world view lent itself to thinking in dichotomies: good versus evil, justice versus terrorism, freedom versus socialism. Many commentators have argued that her…

Iran, Netanyahu and the Holocaust

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Arshin Adib-Moghaddam and Abbas Maleki Would a nuclear Iran cause another Holocaust? If we are to believe Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and his supporters, then yes. In his recent speech to AIPAC, Netanyahu once again referred to the Holocaust in order to make a case for war against Iran. ‘Some commentators would have you…

Islamutopia: A very short history of political Islam

Whenever contemporary Islamists ponder their own genealogy, there are two pivotal figures that invariably come up to invigorate their imaginings. These two reference points of contemporary political Islam are Sayyid Jamal al-din al-Afghani (or Asadabadi)(1838-1897) , and his disciple Mohammad Abduh (1849-1905). Afghani and Abduh lived through a tumultuous period for the ummah whose decline…