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Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th the topic of Islam's political, cultural, religious, and spiritual tendencies and beliefs has been thrust into the spotlight. However, most discussions concerning Islam's relation to the West tend to simplify and distort the intricate nature of the problem. The essays in Islam and the West approach the interactions of Islam, the West, and modernity through overlapping social, historical, economic, cultural, and philosophical layers. Viewed through this complex prism of analysis, the full dimensions of the relationship become clear. The result is a deeper understanding of the nature of modernity and how other societies can relate to each other in an increasingly complex, globalizing world.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Muslims and the West: A Paradigm for Polarization Chapter 3 Islam, Modernity and the Dialectic of Dogmatism Chapter 4 The Deficiency of Democracy in the Islamic World Chapter 5 The Roots of Terror Chapter 6 Europe in the Mirror of the Contemporary Middle East: Aspects of Modern European History Reconsidered Chapter 7 Deconstructing Arab-Islamic History: A Discussion of its Evolutionary Dynamics Chapter 8 Critical Theory and the Islamic Encounter with Modernity Chapter 9 Second Letter on Algeria Chapter 10 A Wild Goose Chase: To Cope, Must Islam "Westernize"?