The Middle East that was conceived after the Great War no longer exists: those states have disintegrated and their societies have, by now, been wounded almost irremediably. Beginning a century ago, Islamism has entered a phase that, in combining an extreme rationality with a fanatical millenarianism, is producing a self-destructive cocktail. Territories considered sacred, such as places of worship, cemeteries and women’s bodies, are being systematically violated and the co-existence of differences is being destroyed along with them. Hamit Bozarslan interviewed by Michele Brignone.
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