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Chapter 7: The Problem of Peace and World Order in an Islamic Context: The Case of Modern Japan
7. The problem of peace and world order in an Islamic context: the case of modern Japan Norio Suzuki We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person—unless it be for murder or for spreading corruption throughout the land—it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. (Qur’an, 5:32) In the late 20th century, Kishore Mahbubani, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Aﬀairs, Singapore, asked ‘Can Asians think?’ and his answer was that they could, provided they did so (Mahbubani 1998, p. 33). To construct a grand theory of peace research, we should ask ourselves, how can we ‘think’ by placing ourselves and our minds within an Islamic context? The answer provided by this chapter is very simple. That is, yes, we can think within an Islamic context, and if we do so, we can obtain an alternative image of a world order. But can we really ‘think’ about world peace using an Islamic context? That is the question. I ‘GOOD MUSLIMS’ AND ‘BAD MUSLIMS’ IN THE UNITED STATES ‘Good Muslims’ Dr. Fouad Ajami is the Majid Khadduri1 Professor and Director of the Middle East Studies Program in the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. He has also been an advisor to United States, Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, and is a friend and former...
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