Islam Through Western Eyes: From the Crusades to the War on Terrorism
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Islam Through Western Eyes: From the Crusades to the War on Terrorism

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Despite the West's growing involvement in Muslim societies, conflicts, and cultures, its inability to understand or analyze the Islamic world threatens any prospect for East--West rapprochement. Impelled by one thousand years of anti-Muslim ideas and images, the West has failed to engage in any meaningful or productive way with the world of Islam. Formulated in the medieva...more
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by Columbia University Press (first published January 5th 2012)
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Steve
I had previously read this author's "House of Wisdom" which focused on the transmission of medieval Islamic science to Europe. That book was written by the author wearing his reporter's hat, and was an easy and interesting read. This book seems to be an outgrowth of his sociology PhD dissertation, is full of academic methodological discussion, and is accordingly a harder read. Lyons draws on the methodology of Michel Foucault to posit--and I feel convincingly demonstrate--a Western "anti-Islam d...more
Jonathan Lyons
This book, more theoretical than my others, explains why it is that the West cannot understand Islam and instead concerns itself with its own 'idea' of the faith, its followers, and the associated civilization that it produced.

After a detailed discussion of the epistemological, social, and political barriers to our understanding, it focuses on three 'hot-button' issues: Islam and modernity; Islam and violence; and Islam and women. In each case, Islam is deprived of its own, independent existence...more
Diane


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