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Islam Through Western Eyes: From the Crusades to the War on Terrorism

Islam Through Western Eyes: From the Crusades to the War on Terrorism

by Jonathan Lyons


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900231158946
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 01/17/2012
Edition description: NE
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Lyons spent twenty years as a foreign correspondent and editor for Reuters, much of it in the Islamic world. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Monash University and lives in Portland, Oregon. His publications include The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization and (with Geneive Abdo) Answering Only to God: Faith and Freedom in Twenty-First-Century Iran.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 War Without End? 1

2 Foucault's Toolbox 21

3 The Western Idea of Islam 43

4 Islam and Science 73

5 Islam and Violence 111

6 Islam and Women 155

7 What's Wrong with Us? 191

Notes 197

Bibliography 205

Index 249

What People are Saying About This

Mark Juergensmeyer

Islam Through Western Eyes is as timely as it is informative, helping us understand the history of understanding—and misunderstanding—between Muslims and non-Muslims over the centuries, patterns that continue today. This is a book that should be read by people of all faiths, not only for edification but also for healing in a religiously fractured world.

John L. Esposito

This is a first-class book: original, significant, and a very timely contribution. Despite the importance of the topic, especially today, I can think of no other study that offers so comprehensive, persuasive, and engaging an analysis.

Lewis H. Lapham

Jonathan Lyons joins the wisdom of a scholar with the knowledge of a journalist in a timely and necessary book. A much-needed light unto the gentiles wishing to understand the truth and consequences of the Arab Spring.

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