Posted by: Dawud Israel | April 20, 2010

Noam Chomsky on Islamic Political Activism

A brother posted this correspondence on Facebook and gave me permission to quote it.

A couple of weeks back, I asked Chomsky on the issue of political activism within traditional Islam, where Muslims today are often blindsided by our ability to dissent in the forms of what is acceptable by power, state and the institutions.

Here is his response earlier this month:

It’s a profound question, and I do not know of any advice better than that of Polonius: “To thine own self be true.”

There is no need to be blindsided by received doctrine, though the temptation is strong and being honest is not without cost — and with gain that should more than compensate.

Noam Chomsky

Short but made me think. And inspired me a little.

Puts an inspirational spin on Foucault’s ‘power is everywhere’… no?


  1. MashaAllah, thanks for sharing that along.

  2. Salam

    Just thought I’d let you know that there is a huge Google Ad under this post for The Arrivals on DVD. I thought it quite ironic considering your good efforts to refute the series! :/

    You might not see the ad yourself if you’re logged in… try logging out, and reloading the page.

    • Yeah, I don’t think I can get rid of it, unfortunately. :/

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