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

Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2002, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges with a nick to the bottom corner of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the cover: “For many centuries, the world of Islam was at the forefront of human achievement — the greatest military and economic power in the world, and the leader in the arts and sciences of civilization. And then everything changed. 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.

In What Went Wrong? Bernard Lewis examines the anguished reaction of the Islamic world as it tried to understand why things had changed. He provides a fascinating portrait of a culture in turmoil. He shows how the Middle East turned its attention to understanding European weaponry and military tactics, commerce and industry, government and diplomacy, education and culture. He describes how some Middle Easterners asked ‘where did we go wrong?’ and ‘how do we put it right?’, while others asked ‘who did this to us?’ and fastened blame on a series of scapegoats, both external and internal. He brilliantly highlights the differences between the Western and Middle Eastern cultures from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries through comparisons of such things as Christianity and Islam, music and the arts, the position of women, secularism and the civil society, the clock and the calendar.

Bernard Lewis is one of the West’s foremost authorities on Islamic history and culture. In this book he charts the long decline of Islamic power, a decline which helps to explain both the anger behind the events of September 11th and the intensity of the Arab-Israeli and other conflicts.”


Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Burgundy boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 180 pages.
£6.50

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