A Personal Perspective Of The Clash Of Civilizations

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Even though Samuel Huntington believes that world conflicts are brought about from a clash of culture, global conflict portray the source as being more religious as religious influence has promoted global conflicts aiming toward a New World Order where everyone sees the same views and aiming towards the same objective.
James Gelvin stated in his book that scholars, journalist, and policy makers adopted and popularized the ideas of Samuel P Huntington a professor at Harvard University to explain the emerging post-cold war world. He also states that according to Huntington the world faced a division into a number of distinct civilizations that are irreconcilable because they hold entirely different value systems. He singles out the Islamic civilization as being particular dangerous because of its propensity for violence and in his own words "bloody boarders" and 9/11 supported his claim as proof that Islam is in conflict with the West (Gelvin 2011). Civilizations developed by culture and may be of a single diversity or made up with multiple diversities, which draws a negative conclusion of Huntington's essay "The Clash of Civilizations" based on many factors.
A closer examination of Huntington's essay reveals that he more or less followed the works even taking the title from Bernard Lewis essay "The Roots of Muslim Rage" where he stated, "that we are facing a mood and movement in Islam far transcending the level of issues and policies and the governments that follow them. This is no less a class of civilizations. Perhaps it is irrational, but surely historic receptions of an ancient rival against our Judeo Christian heritage, our secular present, and the worldwide expansion of both. It is crucially important that we on our side should not be provoked into an equally historic but also equally irrational reaction against that rival"(Said 1998). One point that Mr. Said stated which I confer with is Lewis uses the word "our" as if he was speaking for everyone and we stood behind his way of thinking. Lewis is another well-regarded voice of the Council of Foreign Relations as well. Just as with Lewis, Huntington views the voice of the global community as being in the West and everyone should follow suit without any recognition of cultural or religious preference. We could sense that the Judeo -Christian according to Lewis was the only practice the West had ever practiced and expects others to follow suit.
Huntington professed, "The great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural. The clash of civilizations will dominate global politics" (Huntington 1993) According to an essay "The Myths of "The Clash of Civilizations" Huntington more or less limited his perspective to the West versus the Islamic and Confucian civilizations (Said 1998). It is hard to support a claim that civilizations will clash using such few examples for a basis of your perception when such use of power from one civilization can impose...

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