What is the explanation for the alleged propensity of Muslims for violence? I don't think it has much to do with the Quran or any other traditional religious teaching. I think it is largely a response to unsuccessful modernization in most Muslim societies, a product of the absence of pluralism and liberty and open politics in those societies. It is also a product of historic resentment, particularly among Arabs, over what they feel have been great injustices imposed on them by the West.
Religion, Culture, and International conflict after September 11: A conversation with Samuel P Huntington' EPPC Online, 17 June 2002
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