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Ali Mazrui (1933-2014) 1997 essay “Islamic Values, The Liberal Ethic and the West”, part 1

November 18, 2014
Westerners tend to think of Islamic societies as backward-looking, oppressed by religion, and inhumanely governed, comparing them to their own enlightened, secular democracies. But measurement of cultural distance between the West and Islam is a complex undertaking, and that distance is narrower than they assume. Islam is not just a religion, and certainly not just a fundamentalist political movement.

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Aliya Sousa
Dr. Aliya Sousa was the daughter and biographer of the remarkable and prolific Iraqi author, researcher, engineer and hydrologist, Dr. Ahmed Sousa (1900-1983).
In this 1999 interview in Baghdad, she recalls his early life. Aliya Sousa perished in the bombing of the UN office in Baghdad, August 19, 2003.
sound Sample Pt 2, reviewing Sousa's research in irrigation 5:43

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