Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The columnist Arnaud de Borchgrave, writing in The Washington Times, reminds us that the militant Islamist movement didn’t begin in the Arabian deserts among the camels. It began with an Egyptian student of American literature named Sayeb Qtab at the University of Northern Colorado. In 1952 Qtab had his epiphany at a church dance. On this seemingly innocent occasion, he was revolted by the way American women adorned their faces, exposed the shape of their bodies, and danced chest-to-chest with men to the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” With a prophet’s eye he saw horrible decadence in the scene and was alarmed at the thought that it threatened to spread around the world, engulfing Islamic culture and morals as it went. Returning home, Qtab spread his message, and it resonated with his fellow Muslims.

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