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What Went Wrong?: Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2003

    Middle East History

    Overall, I thought this was a pretty good book. The only thing I was disappointed with was the fact that Mr. Lewis did not tie in how problems created in the past lead into the situation of the present. This book is certainly worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2003

    Outstanding

    Professor Lewis did a fantastic job. This book is an outstanding primer for anyone interested in Middle Eastern and Islam studies within an historical framework as they relate to the West.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2003

    A brief review of the historical interaction of Middle East and Europe

    This brief book is a re-worked collection of essays by an accomplished scholar of Islam, Turkey and Arabia. Bernard Lewis explores several aspects of the reasons for the eclipse of Islam and the Arabic empire by Western Europeans in the 16th through 20th century. It is not an exhaustive history but a snapshot of some cultural themes. He explores the military changes, cultural influences, scientific issues such as the marking of time and measurement, and the response of the Islamic societies to the European challenge. It was written before the Sept 11 attacks, but has a great deal of relevance to understanding some of the resentment at their origin. Written in an engaging and scholarly style.

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