Polarization between Islamic and the Western civilization is not natural. It has been created purposefully by the global economic elite to achieve certain economic, political and strategic goals.
This was stated by Dr Tamara Sonn, professor of History of Islam at Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington DC. She was speaking at the Dr Mumtaz Ahmad Memorial Symposium titled ‘Islam, Politics, and Contemporary Societies’, which was organized by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Islamabad.
The session was chaired by Dr Anis Ahmad, vice chancellor, Riphah International University (RIU), and also addressed by Khalid Rahman, Executive President IPS, Dr Ejaz Akram, advisor at the Faculty of Contemporary Studies, National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad, and Dr Safeer Awan from National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad.
Dr Sonn, in her keynote speech, said the roots of the term ‘Islamic extremism’ were political rather than natural and there were certain political and economic reasons why Islam was consistently being put up as a threat by the West. Even the identity of ‘The West’, according to her, was in fact a fiction, created step by step only about a hundred years ago to shape an environment where the global elite could exercise more control.