“Other scholars, journalists, and policy makers adopted and popularized the ideas of Samuel P. Huntington, a professor of government at Harvard University, to explain the emerging post-cold war world. According to Huntington, the world is divided into a number of distinct civilizations that are irreconcilable because they hold to entirely different value systems. One of these civilizations, Islamic civilization, is particularly dangerous because of its propensity for violence (Islam, in Huntington’s words, has “bloody borders”). For Huntington and his disciples, 11 September is proof positive that the post-cold war world is to be defined by a conflict between Islam and the West” (Gelvin, 2011, 3).
In summary, Huntington theorized a new set of world relationships characterized by cultural conflict. Within this paradigm the West, as typified by the United States, Europe, and Australia, faced an inevitable clash with an emergent, Islamic Middle East.
Based on your extensive readings of the Gelvin text and our conversations in the weekly discussion sections, confirm or refute Huntington’s clash of civilizations thesis. Your paper will include:
A summation of Huntington’s clash of civilization thesis
Your thesis (your perspective of the clash of civilizations)
A body of evidence that draws upon the readings from your texts and any other accredited outside sources.
Your additional research will reveal a vast repository of scholars who have aligned on either side of Huntington’s thesis. Your final paper should make reference to both the original Huntington article (accessible through the Ashford Online Library) and academic responses to the Huntington thesis. Your paper should not merely be a summation of the course materials from the past 5 weeks, viewed through the lens of the Huntington thesis. Instead, it should be a critical analysis of the theory, constructed through research.
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