In 1993 Harvard Professor Samuel P. Huntington wrote an essay titled “The Clash of Civilizations?” and later he expanded into a book with the same title, but without the question mark. In this video Edward Said, late Columbia professor, rips Huntington’s thesis to shreds.

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The Myth of ‘The Clash of Civilizations’_Edward Said in Lecture (1998)

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Summary:

In this important lecture delivered at the University of Massachusetts, Said takes aim at one of the central tenets of recent foreign policy thinking– that conflicts between different and “clashing civilizations” (Western, Islamic, Confucian) characterize the contemporary world.
“The real question is whether in the end we want to work for civilizations that are separate, or whether we should be taking the more integrative, but perhaps more difficult path, which is to see them as making one vast whole, whose exact contours are impossible for any person to grasp, but whose certain existence we can intuit and feel and study.” -Edward Said
Link: The Myth of ‘The Clash of Civilizations’_Edward Said in Lecture (1998)

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