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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Monday, September 17, 2012

The Islamic world's difficult self-discovery

The attacks against Western diplomatic posts are symptomatic of the process of self-discovery taking place in many Muslim countries and are not really directed against the Western lifestyle, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung contends: "The Yemenites and Egyptians who are throwing explosives at US embassies talk to each other on iPhones and refresh themselves with Coca-Cola once they've finished their rampages. … The Arab world is ridding itself of the heteronomy it has experienced since the end of the Ottoman Empire in 1918. Local dictators like Mubarak and Gaddafi were toppled. They were the lackeys of the West or Moscow. The uprising is a continuation of the abortive secular revolutions and military coups of the 1950s. They are about having a say in what goes on in one's own country, but also about the right to self-determination as Egyptians, Tunisians and Arabs. …. In this region identity is inextricably bound up with Islam. … This is why religious ideologies play a role in the search for an identity - whether that search plays out in parliament or with the angry mob."

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