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What Went Wrong?: Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response

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For many centuries, the world of Islam was in the forefront of human achievement--the foremost military and economic power in the world, the leader in the arts and sciences of civilization. Christian Europe, a remote land beyond its northwestern frontier, was seen as an outer darkness of barbarism and unbelief from which there was nothing to learn or to fear. And then everything changed, as the previously despised West won victory after victory, first in the battlefield and the marketplace, then in almost every aspect of public and even private life.

In this intriguing volume, Bernard Lewis examines the anguished reaction of the Islamic world as it tried to understand why things had changed--how they had been overtaken, overshadowed, and to an increasing extent dominated by the West. Lewis provides a fascinating portrait of a culture in turmoil. He shows how the Middle East turned its attention to understanding European weaponry and military tactics, commerce and industry, government and diplomacy, education and culture. Lewis highlights the striking differences between the Western and Middle Eastern cultures from the 18th to the 20th centuries through thought-provoking comparisons of such things as Christianity and Islam, music and the arts, the position of women, secularism and the civil society, the clock and the calendar.

Hailed in The New York Times Book Review as "the doyen of Middle Eastern studies," Bernard Lewis is one of the West's foremost authorities on Islamic history and culture. In this striking volume, he offers an incisive look at the historical relationship between the Middle East and Europe.

Synopsis:

Explores the historical relationship between Europe and the Middle East, examining how the Islamic world came to be dominated by the West and discussing the differences between the two cultures from the 18th century to the 20th century.

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Bernard Lewis is the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton University. A highly eminent authority on Middle Eastern history, the author of over two dozen books, most notably The Arabs in History, The Emergence of Modern Turkey, The Political Language of Islam, The Muslim Discovery of Europe and The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2000 Years.

Table of Contents

The lessons of the battlefield — The quest for wealth and power-- Social and cultural barriers — Modernization and social equality --Secularism and the civil society — Time, space, and modernity — Aspects of cultural change.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780198032953
Subtitle:
Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Author:
Lewis, Bernard
Author:
Lewis Bernard
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
History, World | Middle Eastern
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Middle East History 1517-
Subject:
Middle East-General History
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2002
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
180

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Middle East

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Product details 180 pages Oxford University Press, USA - English 9780198032953 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Explores the historical relationship between Europe and the Middle East, examining how the Islamic world came to be dominated by the West and discussing the differences between the two cultures from the 18th century to the 20th century.
"Synopsis" by , Bernard Lewis is the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton University. A highly eminent authority on Middle Eastern history, the author of over two dozen books, most notably The Arabs in History, The Emergence of Modern Turkey, The Political Language of Islam, The Muslim Discovery of Europe and The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2000 Years.

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