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Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr

The [Protestant] Reformation was a very Puritanical event. The early Reformation leaders were more like the Taliban than sort of the liberal values we have with Protestantism today. So what transformed that early Reformation into the modern West was what the markets did, was the rise of capitalism. As David Hume said, "Commerce smooths the edges." When you look at the world, whether you look at China, India, the West, there is a shared belief and vested interest in the global economy working and benefiting everybody. And a large part of the Muslim world just doesn't have a vested interest in the global economy.
Quoted from an interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN's GPS, December 20, 2009.
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