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PDF File A Political Perspective on Culture : Good Muslim, Bad Muslim. ABSTRACT The link between Islam and terrorism became a central media concern following September 11, resulting in new rounds of “culture talk. This talk has turned religious experience into a political category, differentiating ‘good Muslims” from “bad Muslims, rather than terrorists from civilians. The implication is undisguised: Whether in Afghanistan, Palestine, or Pakistan, Islam must be quarantined and the devil must be exorcized from it by a civil war between good Muslims and bad Muslims.