In these developing countries, state institutions and social organization often lag behind economic growth and fail to fill the place of ailing traditions. Griswold finds that both Christianity and Islam prove complicated beliefs, neither inherently contradictory nor monolithic, powerful stabilizing forces abused by self-interested leaders. Displaced Persons camp in Sudan resulting from the conflict in Darfur.
Griswold offers a fascinating, poignant, and insightful account of global religious conflict. I quake a little to think of what Ms. Griswold had to endure to come back with this book, and these stories, but we and the literary world are all the richer for it. In The Tenth Parallel she takes us on a crucially illuminating tour of some of the most volatile terrain in the world, acquainting us with people who are far away both spatially and culturally but whose fates are intertwined with our own.
She marches into unspeakably frightening places, alone, with only her pen as protection.
And then she speaks. The poetry of Griswold's prose draws the reader in, even as she foretells great terrors to come. The Tenth Parallel is an important book by a courageous American. Advanced Search. By Eliza Griswold. Description A riveting investigation of the jagged fault line between the Christian and Muslim worlds The tenth parallel—the line of latitude seven hundred miles north of the equator—is a geographical and ideological front line where Christianity and Islam collide.
Anthony Lukas Prize. She has worked with Seamus Murphy in Africa and Asia for more than a decade. She lives in New York City. I'm wondering what role history plays.
What can we learn from the long history of religious conflict and coexistence? EG: Christianity and Islam have a 1,year relationship, most of it peaceful. Muhammad had sent his own followers in AD when he was kicked out of Mecca and fled to Medina. He sent his own family to the court of a Christian king in Abyssinia, [explaining that] the ties of believing in one God were similar. It's about recovering the shared history. MIL: What is it that we in the West don't understand about these conflicts?
EG: I don't think we get how elemental religion is in people's everyday lives. Even if we get that as a concept, we believe it belies a certain kind of backwardness.
But to presuppose that people will develop along our lines is just ridiculous. And nowhere is this more true than with religion. People are not developing towards secularism. Even in the West we're becoming more religious. MIL: So what's to be done?
What's the takeaway of the book and the practical application of all this? EG: One of the principal takeaways of my book is that the clashes inside of Christianity and Islam are far more important in shaping the world's religion. We don't spend enough time thinking of the conversations between Sunni and Shia, between Sufis and the new Sunni hard-liners. These are the kind of fault lines that in practical terms need to be understood and addressed. Conservative groups shape beliefs by opposition to an other, an enemy. If they weren't fighting so much about who speaks for God they would be far less concerned with ginning up a potential enemy in another religion.
The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam [Eliza Griswold] on unstersacomroe.cf *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Her book “The Tenth Parallel” is a fascinating journey along the latitude line . Dispatches From the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam.
That's what I mean in practical terms. EG: Poverty in America. I'm really interested in chronicling the current face of American poverty beyond the sort of Dorothea Lange human portrait—looking at how our society and infrastructure fails.
I'll conduct my research in the same way, I'll probably borrow a car from my parents and drive to rural Pennsylvania. Maybe no diphtheria, but the same deal. Picture Credit: Antonin Kratochvil.
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