The question of “Islamic fundamentalism” became of general interest only after the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Before that tragic date, it was a subject for specialized scholars. After 9/11, it is discussed both in Parliaments and in coffee shops, every time the world witnesses a “Muslim” terrorist attack.
What did we learn from this discussion? I believe we learned four theses, which are important for understanding the issues and also for defending religious liberty.
First, not all Muslims are fundamentalists. This thesis seems obvious. Everyone repeats it, from President Biden to my barber. But what does it mean, exactly? To understand it, two preliminary questions should be asked.
Read more at “Twenty Years After: Islam, Terrorism, and 9/11”
9/9 and 9/11, 20 years later
In the latest sign of China’s profound transformation, President and Communist Party of China (CPC) Secretary-General Xi Jinping has urged the nation’s youth to “abandon illusions and dare to struggle” to safeguard national sovereignty, safety and development.
“At present, the world’s profound changes unseen in a century have accelerated while the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation has entered a critical period,” Xi said on September 1 when addressing the opening of a training session for young and middle-aged officials at the Party School of the Central Committee, or the National School of Governance.
“The risks and challenges we will see have significantly increased. It is unrealistic to always expect a peaceful life without struggle,” Xi told the assembled youth in rhetoric some have interpreted as moving the nation onto a war footing.
Read more at “Xi mobilizes youth for the critical struggle ahead”