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What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East

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  • What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East (Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )) – Mass-market paperback (2002)
    by Bernard Lewis

    What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East

    Mass-market paperback, Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
    2002
    208 pages

    ISBN: 075381675X
    ISBN-13: 9780753816752

    For many centuries, Islam was the world's greatest, most open, most enlightened, most creative, most powerful civilisation. And then everything changed, as the previously despised West won victory after victory, first on the battlefield and in the marketplace, then in almost every aspect of public and even private life. Bernard Lewis examines the anguished reaction of the Islamic world as it tried to understand why things had changed, and he provides a fascinating portrait of a culture in turmoil. Some Middle Easterners ... Show more

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Reviews of What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East

Overall customer rating: 4.500
bass1clarinet@charter.net

Really!!!

by bass1clarinet@charter.net on Apr 27, 2013

It is too easy to forget history. This should be a wake-up call for us all. We must not forget history.

tellall

This a quick read

by tellall on Apr 4, 2007

I heard Lewis on c-span's book tv and was impressed by what appears to be impeccable scholarship, and clear thinking focused on real time issues. After 9/11, I assume that these are the urgent issues of out time. I read this and two other of his books immediately. On the plus side, Lewis's presentation is succinct and well written. In the course of an hour or two, I can say that I had a far better grasp of Islam, its founder, its history, and the difficulty that Muslims have facing the democratic notions of shared power and what we politely call cultural diversity. And I suppose that I have to say that the questions that Lewis raises and leaves unanswered are also on the plus side. I had to continue my reading, delving into Karen Armstrong, Reza Aslan,Vali Nasr, et al to look for answers to questions that might possibly make me an informed citizen in a world that has to include Islam in a way that we in the West have not been forced to consider since the Muslims were driven from Spain more that 500 years ago. Maybe there are no minuses to Lewis's work.

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