Obama Leaves Out Half the 'Muslim World'
Endy M. Bayuni took up the job of chief editor of The Jakarta Post, Indonesia’s independent and leading English language newspaper, in August 2004 shortly after he returned from a one-year Nieman Fellowship at the Harvard University.
The Current Discussion: What did you think of Obama's speech
Obama's speech sent a fresh breeze into the relations
Time will tell whether Obama will be able to walk the talk.
But it would be wrong for
Even Obama recognizes the contribution Islam has made to the
world of science and culture, including in paving the way for
The Muslim world cannot be defined geographically because
the largest Muslim populations are found outside the Middle East, including
The Muslim world cannot be defined by race or culture either. Non-Arab Muslims, or non-Muslim Arabs for that matter, would be offended by people continually equating Islam with Arab. To do this is to deny the cultural diversity that exists among the more than one billion Muslims around the world.
Obama, a devout Christian, knows about this diversity. He
was born to a Muslim father and spent four years in predominantly-Muslim
Even on issues like freedom and democracy, religious tolerance and gender equality, which Obama mentioned as some of the main sources of tensions with the Muslim world, a generalization could be problematic.
The "Muslim world" today comprises emerging
There is not one single Muslim world for the
In giving the speech, Obama had the best of intentions with
Muslims around the world, but it's time we move on beyond
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Posted by Endy Bayuni on June 8, 2009 1:29 PM
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