Europe and the Mystique of Islam
Since the time of the Crusades, Europeans have viewed Muslim culture and religion through the unique distorting lens of Orientalism, coloring all aspects of their perception and generating a curious blend of fascination and distrust. Maxime Rodinson presents the classic account of this relationship, in a history that is balanced and concise yet full of insight.
Paperback, 184 pages
Published November 23rd 2002 by I. B. Tauris
(first published December 12th 1987)
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This is an important book that undercuts the tendency to divide the world into East and West and to attribute essential characteristics to each. The book is divided into two parts: the first is by far the most interesting and useful. part two is a rather uninteresting and dated slog through ideological and intellectual debates of the 1960s-1980s.
Marxist historian, sociologist and orientalist. He was the son of a Russian-Polish clothing trader and his wife who both died in the Auschwitz concentration camp. After studying oriental languages, he became a professor of Ethiopian (Amharic) at EPHE (École Pratique des Hautes Études, France). He was the author of a rich body of work, including the book Muhammad, a biography of the prophet of Isla...moreMore about Maxime Rodinson...