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Pankaj Mishra
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In "Prologue: Forgotten Conjectures," the author definitively denounces proponents of the 'clash of the civilizations' theory, or those who pit the West against Islam. Why might Mishra do so in the very first chapter of the book?

Mishra wishes to shut down commonly-held theories which propose that Islamic fundamentalism or Islamofascism are the roots of modern-day terrorism and war. By addressing the issue in his prologue, the author is setting up his own argument that, instead, disorder caused by globalization and industrial capitalism have fostered discontentment which sees individuals attempt to reassert their strength and reclaim dignity through acts which are often extremely violent. This immediate prefacing of his own argument with the acknowledgement that Islamophobia exists and is unjustified serves to highlight the alternative explanation while denouncing misperceptions which certain readers may have upon beginning to read this book.

Mishra states that our unit of analysis as readers of Age of Anger should be "the irreducible human being" (41). What does he mean by this?

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