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Islamic Civilization in Peril

Abbas, Magnum Photos

In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a cellphone ad contrasts next to a mosque's minaret.
June 29, 2009 Premium content for subscribers. Subscribe Today

I was born into a mildly observant Muslim family in Iraq. At that time, the 1950s, secularism was ascendant among the political, cultural, and intellectual elites of the Middle East. It appeared to be only a matter of time before Islam would lose...

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