Is it possible?
King Abdullah clearly sees himself in this role. Last December, at the meeting of the Organization of Islamic Conference, he called on his fellow Muslim leaders to emulate “the radiant beacon” of medieval Islamic civilization – a time of scholarship, moderation and wise jurisprudence that proved to be the “decisive catalyst in bringing enlightenment to the dark ages.”Abdullah decried today’s extremist bloodletting as the act of miscreants and said he looks forward to “the spread of moderation that embodies the Islamic concept of tolerance” and the success of “Muslim inventors and industrialists, to an advanced Muslim technology, and Muslim youth who work for their life just as they work for the Hereafter, without excess or negligence, without any kind of extremism.”
Having lived in Saudi Arabia myself, I am not so sure that the religious fanatics that teach Wahhabism (an ultra strict uber violent iteration of Islam) will let King Abdullah go through with his dreams of bringing back the golden age of the Islamic civilization. The Saudi King has a tenuous grip on the throne, while many extremest within his own country criticize him for his relationships with the west (ie Bush 41 and Bush 43) and not being all KILL KILL KILL the western influence (read: people) in our holy homeland.
I hope King Abdullah succeeds in his dream. Islamic culture brought us many leaps forward in science, math and art while our European ancestors were still struggling with a poor feudal system that simply crippled any real intellectual growth.
Inshalla the day will come when the Arab world is again a beacon of intellect and not violence.
Of course we need to do the same for the USA. What happened to our country actually producing products like…chairs. The small business has gone the way of the dodo while huge multinational conglomerates own everything and have all your toys and trinkets produced by slave labor in “third world” countries. Our artisans are starving, unless they yield to the almighty Hollywood or RIAA, when they should be thriving in a shared intellect society that could utilize the internet to educate rather than make more commodities. I highly doubt that G. W. Bush would ever let the USA go back to the golden age of FREEDOM, but perhaps out next leader will be as intelligent as ex-President Bill Clinton and let America be truly free. However, I fear, the “politics of fear” will kill us all before any of this could ever happen.
Inshalla (God Willing) we will find peace.