Rethinking World History: Essays on Europe, Islam and World History

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Is the history of the modern world the history of Europe? Or is it possible to situate the history of modernity as a world historical process apart from its origins? This text challenges adherents of Eurocentrism and multiculturalism to rethink the roles of Europe and Islamic civilization in world history.
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Editorial Reviews

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"The pieces collected here show perceptive and rigorously developed insights into the problems of writing world history." Edwin J. Van Kley, Journal of Asian Studies

"Although several decades have elapsed since they were written, these writings offer immense contemporary value for both general historians and scholars of Islam. Besides providing a compendium of the principal thought of an eminent historian and Islamicist, Rethinking World History broadens the range of scholarly vision, presents a stimulating alternative to the frequent insularism of academic specialization and makes an important contribution to the overall understanding of human history." Brian Johnson, Middle East Studies Association Bulletin

"...useful for anyone interested in the discipline of world history." J.A. Progler, Crescent

"As today's world historians struggle with conceptual designs for courses and textbooks, they should pay attention to the lessons Hodgson taught....One delights in his piercing insights, his acerbic wit, and the amazing range of his thought...." Rose E. Dunn, Journal of World History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521438445
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Series: Studies in Comparative World History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's preface
Introduction: Marshall C. S. Hodgson and world history
Pt. I Europe in a global context
1 The interrelations of societies in history 3
2 In the center of the map: Nations see themselves as the hub of history 29
3 World history and a world outlook 35
4 The great Western Transmutation 44
5 Historical method in civilizational studies 72
6 On doing world history 91
Pt. II Islam in a global context
7 The role of Islam in world history 97
8 Cultural patterning in Islamdom and the Occident 126
9 The unity of later Islamic history 171
10 Modernity and the Islamic heritage 207
Pt. III The discipline of world history
11 The objectivity of large-scale historical inquiry: Its peculiar limits and requirements 247
12 Conditions of historical comparison among ages and regions: The limitations of their validity 267
13 Interregional studies as integrating the historical disciplines: The practical implications of an interregional orientation for scholars and for the public 288
Conclusion: Islamic history as world history: Marshall G.S. Hodgson and The Venture of Islam 301
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