About Malise Ruthven
Malise Ruthven is a scholar whose books include Islam:A Very Short Introduction, Islam in the World and A Satanic Affair: Salman Rushdie and the Rage of Islam
Articles by Malise Ruthven
In the immediate aftermath of the skybombing of the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington on 11 September 2001, anyone with a minimum of human sympathy will be overwhelmed by feelings of rage and despair. Politicians, responding to the public mood, declare a “war on terrorism”. The airline industry goes into the proverbial nosedive. The stock markets tumble and experts predict that to the cost in human sorrow will be added the pain of economic recession.