An editor of mine at The Economist used to reminisce that when Iran was pitched into revolution in 1979, ‘we were caught on the hop by this cataclysmic event in the Muslim world. There was a general ignorance of Islam; you had leader writers frantically trying to find out the difference between a Shia and a Sunni.’ The autodidacts have had much catching up to do since then, as the Western and Muslim worlds have further collapsed into each other – through Muslim communities expanding in our towns; through the spread of ideas facilitated by the Internet; and, most painfully, through war.
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'And there in the evening the bride and the gamekeeper
Wait with their faces averted, wait
For the signal to shift and the lamp to glow red
And a train to arrive, but not yet and not yet.'
'It Says Here', from Sean O'Brien's upcoming collection.
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