What Went Wrong?: Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response

By Bernard Lewis

For plenty of centuries, the realm of Islam was once within the leading edge of human achievement--the most advantageous army and monetary energy on this planet, the chief within the arts and sciences of civilization. Christian Europe, a distant land past its northwestern frontier, used to be obvious as an outer darkness of barbarism and unbelief from which there has been not anything to profit or to worry. after which every little thing replaced, because the formerly despised West received victory after victory, first within the battlefield and undefined, then in virtually each element of public or even deepest lifestyles.

during this exciting quantity, Bernard Lewis examines the anguished response of the Islamic global because it attempted to appreciate why issues had changed--how that they had been overtaken, overshadowed, and to an expanding quantity ruled by way of the West. Lewis offers a desirable portrait of a tradition in turmoil. He exhibits how the center East grew to become its awareness to realizing ecu weaponry and army strategies, trade and undefined, govt and international relations, schooling and tradition. Lewis highlights the extraordinary changes among the Western and center jap cultures from the 18th to the 20 th centuries via thought-provoking comparisons of things like Christianity and Islam, tune and the humanities, the placement of girls, secularism and the civil society, the clock and the calendar.

Hailed in The big apple occasions publication Review as "the doyen of center jap studies," Bernard Lewis is likely one of the West's most suitable gurus on Islamic heritage and tradition. during this impressive quantity, he deals an incisive examine the ancient courting among the center East and Europe.

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