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Like many, the events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001 had a deep impact on Santa Fe writer and former diplomat Michael Morgan.
“After 9/11, I was concerned. Besides from the immediate clashes around the world, there was a clash of narratives. Part of the clashes were mistaken, based on misinformation,” Morgan said.
As a result, he wrote “Lost History: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers and Artists.” National Geographic published the book in 2007.
The purpose of the book was to correct misinformation. Morgan explained on one side of the world, there is a very stereotypical view of the Muslim world as being backward, violent and militant. On another side, there is a view that America does not listen or care about other cultures and histories.
Neither side, Morgan said, is right. Also, neither side seems to fully appreciate each other. The fact is, he said, both sides’ histories are intertwined and there is cross fertilization between the two.
The truth is, Morgan said, “The positive interactions out weigh the negative ones.”
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