Days of Rage

Responding to the outbreak of violence across the Muslim world sparked by the “Innocence of Muslims” film, The New Yorker’s Steve Coll argues that the generalized notion of “Muslim Rage” arising out of a rejection of Western civilization seems “deficient” to “explain violence or politics from Indonesia to Bangladesh, from Iran to Senegal.” “The uproar over ‘Innocence of Muslims’ matters not because of the deep pathologies it has supposedly laid bare but because of the way the film went viral,” writes Coll. “Free speech in a digital public square—not fringe violence—is what’s new under the Mediterranean sun. And with free speech comes provocation.”


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