Islam in History: Ideas, People, and Events in the Middle East [NOOK Book]

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From secular-minded autocrats like Saddam Hussein to religious fundamentalists like Osama bin Laden, powerful voices in the Islamic world have been united by a fierce hatred of the West. If we want to know why they think the way they do, we have to understand the history of Islam and its continuous interactions with the West.

This masterly collection of essays by a leading expert on Islam and the Middle East ...
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Islam in History: Ideas, People, and Events in the Middle East

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Overview

From secular-minded autocrats like Saddam Hussein to religious fundamentalists like Osama bin Laden, powerful voices in the Islamic world have been united by a fierce hatred of the West. If we want to know why they think the way they do, we have to understand the history of Islam and its continuous interactions with the West.

This masterly collection of essays by a leading expert on Islam and the Middle East ranges over the whole sweep of Islamic history and Western attempts to comprehend it.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Lewis (Near Eastern studies, Emeritus, Princeton Univ.) is noted for his many valuable historical works on the Middle East. This revised and updated collection of historical essays (Alcove, 1973) adds commentary on more recent events such as Anwar Sadat's assassination, the Salman Rushdie controversy, Khomeini's rise to power, and the surprising support of Sadam Hussein by some Arab groups. Nineteen of the original 21 essays have been reworked and combined with 13 additional historical/historiographical essays focused on contemporary events. Lewis's lucid style brings a fresh perspective and understanding to scholar and casual reader alike. Highly recommended.-- Paula I. Nielson, Loyola Marymount Univ. Lib., Los Angeles
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Published by Open Court Publishing Co., 407 South Dearborn, Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60605. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812697575
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Pages: 496
  • File size: 864 KB

Meet the Author

Bernard Lewis
Bernard Lewis is professor emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.
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    1. Hometown:
      Princeton, New Jersey
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 31, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      London, England
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of London, 1936; Diplome des Etudes Semitiques, University of Paris, 1937; Ph.D., University of London,

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I The Western Approaches
1 The Study of Islam 3
2 Some English Travelers in the East 25
3 The Decolonization of History 43
4 On Writing the Modern History of the Middle East 49
5 On Nationalism and Revolution 61
6 Slade on Turkey 67
Pt. II Muslim History and Historians
7 Sources for the Economic History of the Middle East 87
8 In Search of Islam's Past 103
9 The Use by Muslim Historians of Non-Muslim Sources 115
10 The Cult of Spain and the Turkish Romantics 129
Pt. III Muslims and Jews
11 The Pro-Islamic Jews 137
12 Palestine: On the History and Geography of a Name 153
13 An Ode against the Jews 167
14 The Sultan, the King, and the Jewish Doctor 175
Pt. IV Turks and Tatars
15 The Mongols, the Turks, and the Muslim Polity 189
16 Ottoman Observers of Ottoman Decline 209
17 The Ottoman Empire and Its Aftermath 223
18 Ibn Khaldun in Turkey 233
Pt. V In Black and White
19 Corsairs in Iceland 239
20 The Crows of the Arabs 247
Pt. VI History and Revolution
21 State and Society under Islam 261
22 The Significance of Heresy in Islam 275
23 The Revolutions in Early Islam 295
24 Islamic Concepts of Revolution 311
Pt. VII New Ideas
25 The Idea of Freedom in Modern Islamic Political Thought 323
26 On Modern Arabic Political Terms 337
27 Islam and Development: The Revaluation of Values 345
Pt. VIII New Events
28 Behind the Rushdie Affair 361
29 The Egyptian Murder Case 375
30 How Khomeini Made It 389
31 The Revolt of Islam 397
32 The Middle East Crisis in Historical Perspective 405
Notes 421
Sources 459
Index 463
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