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Islam in European Thought
     

Islam in European Thought

by Albert Hourani
 

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This collection of essays focuses on the relation between European and Islamic thought and culture from the late eighteenth to the twentieth century. The long first essay is concerned with the development of ideas about Islam in European thought and scholarship, showing in particular how the views of nineteenth-century thinkers and scholars reflected the dominant

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This collection of essays focuses on the relation between European and Islamic thought and culture from the late eighteenth to the twentieth century. The long first essay is concerned with the development of ideas about Islam in European thought and scholarship, showing in particular how the views of nineteenth-century thinkers and scholars reflected the dominant philosophical and historical ideas of their age. Subsequent chapters are devoted to individual writers who played an important part informing and communicating an image of Islamic history and civilization: Louis Massignon, H. A. R. Gibb, Marshall Hodgson and Jacques Berque, together with the scholar-soldier T. E. Lawrence. The final three essays look at the subject from the other side, and deal with some of the reactions of the Islamic world to the powerful new ideas of European civilization, including the first Arabic encyclopaedia and the first translation of Homer.

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"[Hourani] has an understanding of both western and Arab-Muslim intellectual traditions unmatched in his generation. His writing is elegant and judicious, marked by a passionate concern to get as near to the truth as possible....Wise voices like Hourani's, uncontaminated by religiosity or lust for power, are especially needed at this time." New Statesman and Society

"The new collection of his essays, Islam in European Thought, once more indicates those remarkable qualities and is in continuity with his previous writing; nevertheless, at the same time this new publication provides some insights and fresh reflections which are particularly timely and worthy of attention." Andrej Kreutz, Arab Studies Quarterly

"This history of an evolving European...study of Islam is one of inclusion: Hourani's enduring legacy may be his dedication to widening the circles of discussion on behalf of Islamic studies, which were in 'danger of being isolated from the mainstreams of academic life.'" Common Knowledge

"...serves as an excellent introduction to his approach to the history of the Middle East since the beginning of the eighteenth century....This book is a fitting conclusion to a career that pointed out some of the ways to transcend both the tradition and its limitations, while also appreciating and benefiting from it." Rashid Khalidi, Journal of Modern History

"...Albert Hourani's Islam in European Thought is a passionate, magnificent, and elegant piece of writing. It deserves to be read carefully and attentively." Islamic Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521392136
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/26/1991
Pages:
211
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

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