Skip to comments.The Islamization of Knowledge in the New Egypt
Posted on 08/15/2012 2:42:50 PM PDT by jazusamo
Well, when youve got totalitarian ambitions, and youve already started locking up dissenting journalists, whats the next logical step? If youre the Muslim Brotherhoods Mohamed Morsi, newly minted president of Egypt, it is obvious: start banning books.
Morsis government has reportedly banned importation of A History of the Modern Middle East, a well-known textbook by William L. Cleveland (who died in 2006) and Martin P. Bunton. The Egyptian daily, Al-Ahram, says no reason was given for the ban. The reason, however, is patent to anyone familiar with the Muslim Brotherhood.
One of the highest Brotherhood priorities is the Islamization of knowledge. That, as Ive noted elsewhere, is the explicit purpose of the International Institute of Islamic Thought, a think-tank in Virginia that the Brotherhood founded in the early 1980s. IIITs mission is to forge a new synthesis of all knowledge in an Islamic epistemological framework to borrow the fitting description found in an important 2009 study, The Muslim Brotherhood in the United States, written by Steven Merley for the Hudson Institutes Center on Islam, Democracy, and the Future of the Muslim World.
When your ultimate goal is the Islamization of societies, nothing is more important than acculturating people to the way Islamic supremacists perceive the world which, Islamists well know, is very different from how Westerners perceive it.
Understand that, as Patrick Poole recently recounted at the Tatler, Mohamed Morsi became immersed in Brotherhood ideology in the late seventies as a member of the Muslim Students Association when he was an engineering student in California. I described the MSA and its history in The Grand Jihad. Started in the 1960s, it is the foundation of the Brotherhoods American infrastructure. It now has hundreds of chapters at colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. The MSAs purpose is to indoctrinate young Muslims in the thought of Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, among other Islamist luminaries. Banna, who was an Egyptian educator, designed a plan for ground-up revolution that depends mightily on inculcating in the young the Brotherhoods interpretation of history. The idea is to train them to see current events as part of an Islamist narrative. (By the way, did I mention that Huma Abedin, Secretary of State Clintons top aide, was an officer of the Muslim Students Association when she attended George Washington University and worked at the Clinton White House? See Walid Shoebats latest post here. Soon, there will soon be more to say about Walids remarkable investigation of the Abedin familys Brotherhood roots.)
Clearly, it is a lot easier to pull off the Islamization of knowledge when you are in charge of the government of a Muslim country, as Morsi now is. You use the power of the state to keep out the Western influences and replace them with Islamist influences. But the idea is exactly the same as what outfits like IIIT and MSA are trying to accomplish with the much smaller but growing American Muslim population.
The parallels to Nazism are striking.
Exactly...As allies of the Nazis before and during the war they probably learned from them.
How convenient. Makes it difficult to Stop Jihad Now!.
So they are perfect democrats so long as they don't detonate? Meh, either way...
Back to the dark ages.
Thanks Barry and Hillary.
Just wait for the killings to start. War with Israel, closure of the suez canal, and new alliance with Russia. I fear for our Christian Friends in Egypt. May the lord grant them mercy and peace in these troubled times.
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