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I tend to take the view that Persia and Islam are both part of the Mesopotamian cultural matrix which includes the "West", on the argument that seen from the Indian Subcontinent or from the Far East, the Iranians and the Americans are closer than either of them is to India or China.

If you are not convinced, try it on someone who has not been entirely debauched by economics. — Piero Sraffa
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2012 at 04:54:21 AM EST
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