By Iftikhar Haider Malik

Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi deals a corrective to fresh works on Orientalism that attention completely on eu scholarly productions with out exploring the importance of local students and vernacular scholarship to the making of Oriental experiences. He brings to gentle a wealth of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Indo-Persian texts, made 'homeless' by way of next nationalist histories and exhibits how they relate to Indo-Iranian modernity. In doing so, he argues for an intensive rewriting of Iranian background with profound implications for Islamic debates on gender.

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Is trespass a violation of human rights? If property (or excessive property) is theft, is it moral to steal it? Is free trade moral, or protectionism, or are both morally neutral? Is it right to prevent immigration from poor countries to rich ones? Is war moral, immoral, or a morally-neutral practical necessity? Is it moral to conscript people to fight and die, even in a just war? Is there any moral difference between punishing an individual for transgression and punishing a nation? Is an Islamic jihad or fatwah moral or immoral?

Equally, it could be said that the actual form of the conflict is immaterial; violent politicians will do whatever works. That is also true, but equally unhelpful to the analyst of strategies, tactics and techniques – and their countermeasures. Either way, our grid collapses into a single box containing all types of conflict and all reasons for them, so we are back where we started. Similarly, the level of deaths is a useful indicator of the actual state of a conflict, but not of its past or potential.

Their shooting sprees punished by death any violation of newly defined borders. 38 Similar mutilations appeared during the intercommunal fighting in Cyprus, in Rwanda, everywhere. 39 It is difficult to explain these except in symbolic terms; rationally, a dead enemy is no longer a threat of any kind to anyone: but a demon has to be torn apart, and shown to the world. Mindsets are reinforced or modified by events. The background built up by many small incidents is an important factor, because it conditions the interpretation of major events which are later seen as ‘defining moments’.

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