Islam in History: Ideas, People, and Events in the Middle East

Islam in History: Ideas, People, and Events in the Middle East

by Bernard Lewis

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Islam in History: Ideas, People, and Events in the Middle East by Bernard Lewis

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812697575
Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/15/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 1,046,303
File size: 885 KB

About the Author

Bernard Lewis is professor emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.


Princeton, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

May 31, 1916

Place of Birth:

London, England


B.A., University of London, 1936; Diplome des Etudes Semitiques, University of Paris, 1937; Ph.D., University of London,

Table of Contents

Part IThe Western Approaches
1.The Study of Islam3
2.Some English Travelers in the East25
3.The Decolonization of History43
4.On Writing the Modern History of the Middle East49
5.On Nationalism and Revolution61
6.Slade on Turkey67
Part IIMuslim History and Historians
7.Sources for the Economic History of the Middle East87
8.In Search of Islam's Past103
9.The Use by Muslim Historians of Non-Muslim Sources115
10.The Cult of Spain and the Turkish Romantics129
Part IIIMuslims and Jews
11.The Pro-Islamic Jews137
12.Palestine: On the History and Geography of a Name153
13.An Ode against the Jews167
14.The Sultan, the King, and the Jewish Doctor175
Part IVTurks and Tatars
15.The Mongols, the Turks, and the Muslim Polity189
16.Ottoman Observers of Ottoman Decline209
17.The Ottoman Empire and Its Aftermath223
18.Ibn Khaldun in Turkey233
Part VIn Black and White
19.Corsairs in Iceland239
20.The Crows of the Arabs247
Part VIHistory and Revolution
21.State and Society under Islam261
22.The Significance of Heresy in Islam275
23.The Revolutions in Early Islam295
24.Islamic Concepts of Revolution311
Part VIINew Ideas
25.The Idea of Freedom in Modern Islamic Political Thought323
26.On Modern Arabic Political Terms337
27.Islam and Development: The Revaluation of Values345
Part VIIINew Events
28.Behind the Rushdie Affair361
29.The Egyptian Murder Case375
30.How Khomeini Made It389
31.The Revolt of Islam397
32.The Middle East Crisis in Historical Perspective405

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