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    the promised land..., 2006-07-13 09:12:40 | Main | cold advisers of yet colder kings..., 2006-07-13 12:48:48

    conspiracy gridlock:

    fascinating, briefly thorough:

    A final bizarre and ironic twist is that the intellectual grandfather of today's pan-Islamic fundamentalism is 19th-century thinker Jamal al-Din al-Afghani. Afghani's figurative heirs would eventually found the Muslim Brotherhood. When Afghani lived in Egypt during 1870s, he was a Mason.

    Probably the way to engage with conspiracy nuts is some friendly post-modernist ridicule. I don't believe the work has been translated into Arabic yet, if so perhaps it should be, and then proselytized far and wide. Probably about time for a new english edition, for that matter, it's beginning to look a bit out of date around here. Not enough black helicopters for one thing, or shadowy public figures with abbreviated last names dominating the unruly masses with the fearsome power of beer money, etc.


:: posted by buermann @ 2006-07-13 11:41:20 CST | link





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