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    insurgent

    In "warning of a collision to come between an insurgent Islam and a gently declining West", what does the word "insurgent" mean? Usually when you use the word, you are talking about people or forces that are against the established authority, say, a government. If we talk about people who are against forces outside a country, then we use resistance rather than insurgent. In this case, the background is the whole world. So I guess it may have some connotation here that I don't see yet. Thanks in advance for your insight.

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    Re: insurgent

    Hello Ian,

    The adjective "insurgent" can also mean "rising up", in the sense of "growing in strength" or "ascendant". A rising tide might be described as "insurgent", for instance. I would guess that this is the intended sense in your extract, since there seems to be a contrast with "declining West".

    (However, the metaphor is mixed: "insurgent Islam" is a aquatic metaphor, while "declining West" is solar or stellar.)

    All the best,

    MrP

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    Re: insurgent

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    Hello Ian,

    The adjective "insurgent" can also mean "rising up", in the sense of "growing in strength" or "ascendant". A rising tide might be described as "insurgent", for instance. I would guess that this is the intended sense in your extract, since there seems to be a contrast with "declining West".

    (However, the metaphor is mixed: "insurgent Islam" is a aquatic metaphor, while "declining West" is solar or stellar.)

    All the best,

    MrP

    Thanks.

    Ian

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