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By Emmanuel Todd, Youssef Courbage

We are advised that Western/Christian and Muslim/Arab civilizations are heading in the direction of inevitable clash. The demographics of the West stay slow, whereas the inhabitants of the Muslim global explodes, widening the cultural hole and all yet ensuring the outbreak of warfare. Leaving apart the media's sound and fury in this factor, measured research exhibits one other fact taking form: rapprochement among those civilizations, profiting from a common circulate with roots within the Enlightenment.

The old and geographical sweep of this publication discredits the concept of a particular Islamic demography. the variety of fertility between Muslim ladies, for instance, is as diverse as spiritual habit between Muslims normally. even if agnostics, fundamentalist Salafis, or al-Qaeda activists, Muslims are a various workforce that end up the diversity and individuality of Islam. Youssef Courbage and Emmanuel Todd think of varied levels of literacy, patriarchy, and protective reactions between minority Muslim populations, underscoring the unfold of big secularization in the course of the Arab and Muslim global.

In this regard, they argue, there's little or no to differentiate the evolution of Islam from the historical past of Christianity, in particular with Muslims now coming into a world modernity. delicate to demographic variables and their mirrored image of non-public and social truths, Courbage and Todd upend a deadly meme: that we are living in a fractured global with reference to quandary, suffering from a deadly disease of closed cultures and minds made various via religion.

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The predominance of Catholicism and Protestantism in the more advanced coastal regions of the Gulf of Guinea are likely to guarantee a significant Christian presence in the coming troubles. This is already the case in Ivory Coast and Nigeria, where ideological agitation is strong on the coast and where literacy is more advanced and the proportion of Christians larger than in the rest of the country. There is, of course, no reason to take any pleasure in these likely disturbances, but they will have the unintended virtue of reducing the moralizing pressure of Europeans and Americans on Islam.

Indb 21 21 2/14/11 9:21:33 AM knew how to read and write. The country now finds itself in the midst of a transition crisis, and major political disturbances could ensue. Saudi Arabia is one of the group of Arab countries that crossed the literacy threshold some time ago, although the stability of the political regime does not seem to have been fundamentally affected by that fact. Majority literacy was reached well in the past in the kingdom—1957 for men, 1976 for women—and fertility began to fall off about twenty years ago.

The violence of European history, from the Reformation to World War II, corresponded to the same movement, more spread out in time, of mental modernization. After the wave passes, countries return to calm. They then look with surprise or condescension at those that follow. This erroneous perspective reveals the very low level of historical awareness in Europe and the United States. Our era celebrates memory but practices amnesia. The Question of Ideological Content Changes in literacy rates and fertility indicators make it possible to define and track the general movement of history empirically, to locate each country in relative time, to define the degree of advancement of various parameters, and to explain the existence of ideological, religious, and political points of fracture.

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