Representations and Reflections, from 9/11 to the Arab Uprisings
Chapter 1. 9/11: The Islamic World as Other in Oriana Fallaci’s ‘Trilogy’
Chapter 1 9/11: The Islamic World as Other in Oriana Fallaci’s ‘Trilogy’ Today […] everyone senses there is a serious threat, primarily due to a retreat from knowledge and a misunderstanding of the other. — mustapha chérif The first part of what is now generally known as Oriana Fallaci’s ‘trilogy’ on the significance of the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001 was initially published on 29 September 2001 in the pages of the Corriere della Sera: it was at the invitation of Ferruccio De Bortoli, the then editor of the paper, that she wrote her reflections on the meaning and the probable ramifica- tions of 9/11.1 Shortly after the appearance of her extended article in the Corriere, a book length version of her views was published by the publishing house Rizzoli in December 2001 with the title, La rabbia e l’orgoglio [The Rage and the Pride].2 The second text of the trilogy was initially intended to be a kind of post-script, written two years after the publication of La rabbia e l’orgoglio, but the text expanded into book form and was pub- lished as La forza della ragione [The Force of Reason] in April 2004. The book explored the expansion of the Islamic world through migration, the responses of various European governments to the question and the likely effects on the development of Western culture in the longer term. The final part of the trilogy, entitled Oriana Fallaci intervista Oriana Fallaci [Oriana Fallaci Interviewed by Oriana Fallaci], appeared in September...
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