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 ...Read MoreFor 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 asked not 'who did this to us?' but 'where did we go wrong?'; while others fastened blame on a series of scapegoats, both internal and external - and the results are very much with us today.Read Less
Very Good+ 0060516054. Used in wraps. A clean, tight copy. Minor aging to the paper.; 8vo 8"-9" tall; 186 pages; For centuries, the world of Islam was in the forefront of human achievement--the foremost military and economic power in the world, the leader in the arts and sciences of civilization. Christian Europe was seen as an outer darkness of barbarism and unbelief from which there was nothing to learn or to fear. And then everything changed. The West won victory after victory, first on the battlefield and then in the marketplace. In this elegantly written volume, Bernard Lewis, a renowned authority an Islamic affairs, examines the anguished reaction of the Islamic world as it tried to make sense of how it had been overtaken, overshadowed, and dominated by the West. In a fascinating portrait of a culture in turmoil, Lewis shows how the Middle East turned its attention to understanding European weaponry, industry, government, education, and culture. He also describes how some Middle Easterners fastened blame on a series of scapegoats, while others asked not "Who did this to us? " but rather "Where did we go wrong? "With a new Afterword that addresses September 11 and its aftermath, What Went Wrong? Is an urgent, accessible book that no one who is concerned with contemporary affairs will want to miss.
Almost 'As New' Trade Paperback. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. In this compact and informative book, celebrated Middle East scholar Bernard Lewis examines the interaction between the Islamic world and the West. Originally published: New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. 186 p. : ill., map; 21 cm. Bright, clean and unmarked. Tight, square binding, no spine creases. Almost 'as new'. Weight, 190g. 12mm thick.
It is too easy to forget history. This should be a wake-up call for us all. We must not forget history.
Apr 4, 2007
This a quick read
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.
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