Source: The Federalist
By Dan Jones
If you were born and raised in the West, think back to your textbooks on world history. Chances are, you remember learning about historical periods like the Birth of Civilization (Mesopotamia), the Classical Age (Rome and Greece), Renaissance and Reformation, etc.
If you heard mention of Islam or major events in the Islamic world, it probably constituted a single chapter amidst dozens, if mentioned at all. In his book “Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes,” Tamim Ansary writes, “Throughout much of history, the West and the Islamic world have been like two separate universes, each preoccupied with its own internal affairs, each assuming itself to be the center of human history.”
Western education has so thoroughly ignored the role of Islam in the world since the Middle Ages that it has allowed the worst elements on the political Left and Right to define Islam. Like the Islamic world’s terrorism problem, the West’s manipulation of the world’s second-largest religion for political purposes threatens to do lasting damage to the idea of Islam and its innocent followers.
Just Consider Our Public Debates
Look around and consider what’s being debated about Muslims in America and who is doing the debating. The role of Islam in the West has become an omnipresent source of debate in virtually every newspaper and major TV news network in America.