What Went Wrong? The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East

ISBN-10: 0060516054
ISBN-13: 9780060516055
Edition: 2002
Authors: Bernard Lewis
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Book details

List price: $12.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/7/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

For 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 was seen as an outer darkness of barbarism and unbelief from which there was nothing to learn or to fear. And then everything changed. The West won victory after victory, first on the battlefield and then in the marketplace. In this elegantly written volume, Bernard Lewis, a renowned authority an Islamic affairs, examines the anguished reaction of the Islamic world as it tried to make sense of how it had been overtaken, overshadowed, and dominated by the West. In a fascinating portrait of a culture in turmoil, Lewis shows how the Middle East turned its attention to understanding European weaponry, industry, government, education, and culture. He also describes how some Middle Easterners fastened blame on a series of scapegoats, while others asked not "Who did this to us?" but rather "Where did we go wrong?" With a new Afterword that addresses September 11 and its aftermath, What Went Wrong? is an urgent, accessible book that no one who is concerned with contemporary affairs will want to miss.

Preface to the Hardcover Edition
Introduction
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
Conclusion
Author's Note
Afterword
Notes
Index

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