“The Clash of Civilizations” thesis is a gimmick… better for reinforcing defensive self-pride than for critical understanding of the bewildering interdependence of our time.”

Edward Said

Edward Said saw our world divided not into the ill-imagined clash of civilizations, but caught in a clash of ignorance. This section seeks to look critically at the casually and irresponsibly employed vocabularies in our representations of eachother.

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