Today's date:
Summer 1998

Muslims, Missiles and Monica

Akbar Ahmed is a Fellow at Selwyn College, Cambridge University. He is the author of Postmodernism and Islam (Routledge, 1995), Jinnah, Pakistan, and Islamic Identity: The Search for Saladin (Routledge, 1997) and the forthcoming Islam in the 21st Century: Rethinking a Post-honor World.

Islamabad - The great divide opening up in the world today is between those societies in which honor still plays a central role and what I call "post-honor" societies. The differing perceptions of the episodes of August involving Monica, missiles and Muslims must be seen in this light.

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