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Title:What forces are at work in the world of Islam?
Author:Soulie, G.J.L.
Periodical:Insight and Opinion: An Independent Quarterly for Sociocultural, Economic, Educational and Political Thought in the African Context
Geographic term:Arab countries
African organizations
Abstract:Since 1945 all Moslims who were still subject to the Infidel have freed themselves with the exception of the groups of Moslims who are firmly established in Russia and in China. The development has not, however, been completed hereby, as the Moslim world is 'the Empire of Unity'. A new attempt will have to be made to form a cohesive whole. A great many efforts, however, have so far been frustrated by mutual disagreements. The fierce oppositions are given shape in the terms of a twofold alternative: should tomorrow's Moslim world be socialist or traditionalist? Should Moslims unite in a restored 'Arab ration' or should they be absorbed in one great Islamistan? It looks as though the forces of discord will for a long time to come have the better of the forces of harmony. The division in the Moslim world is much more a political than a doctrinal problem. After a description of the historical development of Islam, the author discusses this present situation, in the second part particularly the confrontation of the traditional Islam with Marxism, in the third part the pretended Moslim unity as a permanent factor of Moslim policy and the role of western countries.