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The Culture of IslamChanging Aspects of Contemporary Muslim Life$
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Lawrence Rosen

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226726137

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226726144.001.0001

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Have the Arabs Changed Their Mind?

Have the Arabs Changed Their Mind?

(p.108) 7 Have the Arabs Changed Their Mind?
The Culture of Islam
University of Chicago Press

In some societies, the domains of religion and sociopolitical life may be demarcated precisely by the projected impenetrability of another's mind, thus making it difficult for those one does not trust—questionable neighbors, centralized powers, or the unpredictable promptings of one's own emotional states—to gain access to some deeper self through one's motives or intentions. In other societies, however—those of the Arabs among them—domains such as intent are so deeply connected to the concatenation of conceptual domains through which a person is known that whatever happens to one set of concepts is likely to affect many others as well. It is for this reason that this chapter questions whether anything has led the Arabs of Morocco—and perhaps those in other parts of the Arab and Muslim world—to change their concept of intent in recent decades, and it does so by moving the inquiry outside the realm of intent alone to consider whether similar shifts are also taking place in the concepts of probability, causality, and responsibility.

Keywords:   sociopolitical life, emotional state, Arabs, Muslim world, intent, Morocco

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