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What Went Wrong? Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response

ISBN-10: 0195144201
ISBN-13: 9780195144208
Edition: 2002
Authors: Bernard Lewis
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/24/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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.

Preface
What Went Wrong
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
Afterword
Notes
Index

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