The End of Middle East History and Other Conjectures

The End of Middle East History and Other Conjectures

by Richard W. Bulliet

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Overview

The End of Middle East History and Other Conjectures is an unapologetic collection of imaginative essays from thought-provoking Middle East scholar Richard W. Bulliet. Not your ordinary think pieces, this volume collects for the first time Bulliet’s Big Bang–Big Crunch theory of Islamic history and his illuminating conception of the “Muslim South.” Speculations range from future political events to counterfactual histories of how reversal of the outcome of a 1529 battle might have profoundly altered history. After fifty years of posing and answering daring historical questions, Bulliet happily tackles an array of conjectures on subjects as diverse as the origin of civilization, the end of Middle East history, and future interpretations of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674241336
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Series: Mizan Series , #3
Pages: 142
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Richard W. Bulliet is Professor of History at Columbia University.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Islam and the Middle East

The End of Middle East History 3

Critiquing Orientalism: Marshall Hodgson and Edward Said 16

A Big Bang, Big Crunch Theory of Islamic History 36

Abu Muslim and Charlemagne 41

The History of the Muslim South: The Hajj and the Recentering of Islamic Civilization 49

The Siege of Vienna and the Ottoman Threat 56

9/11: Landmark or Watershed 69

A Wild Tomb Chase 73

The World

Isthmus Civilizations and the "Sapient Paradox" 85

Twentieth-Century History 115

Speciation and the Anthropocene 125

The Last Millenarian Games 130

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