Monday, October 30, 2006

Bin Laden Burzum

Finished Buruma & Margalit's 'Occidentalism' in the train today - a good (not brilliant), New York Review of Books-style journalistic account of the western origins of anti-western thought, and the influence of this thought on radical political islamism.

The book reminded that many (especially Scandinavian and Eastern European) Black Metal bands espouse a strong anti-western worldview; a worldview which springs from the same politically poisoned well of romaticism as Osama Bin Laden's.

Thus, it made me wonder if the impossible genre of Islamist Black Metal could have sprung into existence, if only many radical Islamists had not believed the Qu'ran prohibits music. Bin Laden Burzum!

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