Islam and the West

Islam and the West
A Book

by Bernard Lewis

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 1994-10-27
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9780198023937
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Hailed in The New York Times Book Review as "the doyen of Middle Eastern studies," Bernard Lewis has been for half a century one of the West's foremost scholars of Islamic history and culture, the author of over two dozen books, most notably The Arabs in History, The Emergence of Modern Turkey, The Political Language of Islam, and The Muslim Discovery of Europe. Eminent French historian Robert Mantran has written of Lewis's work: "How could one resist being attracted to the books of an author who opens for you the doors of an unknown or misunderstood universe, who leads you within to its innermost domains: religion, ways of thinking, conceptions of power, culture--an author who upsets notions too often fixed, fallacious, or partisan." In Islam and the West, Bernard Lewis brings together in one volume eleven essays that indeed open doors to the innermost domains of Islam. Lewis ranges far and wide in these essays. He includes long pieces, such as his capsule history of the interaction--in war and peace, in commerce and culture--between Europe and its Islamic neighbors, and shorter ones, such as his deft study of the Arabic word watan and what its linguistic history reveals about the introduction of the idea of patriotism from the West. Lewis offers a revealing look at Edward Gibbon's portrait of Muhammad in Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (unlike previous writers, Gibbon saw the rise of Islam not as something separate and isolated, nor as a regrettable aberration from the onward march of the church, but simply as a part of human history); he offers a devastating critique of Edward Said's controversial book, Orientalism; and he gives an account of the impediments to translating from classic Arabic to other languages (the old dictionaries, for one, are packed with scribal errors, misreadings, false analogies, and etymological deductions that pay little attention to the evolution of the language). And he concludes with an astute commentary on the Islamic world today, examining revivalism, fundamentalism, the role of the Shi'a, and the larger question of religious co-existence between Muslims, Christians, and Jews. A matchless guide to the background of Middle East conflicts today, Islam and the West presents the seasoned reflections of an eminent authority on one of the most intriguing and little understood regions in the world.

Islam and Muslims in the West

Islam and Muslims in the West
Major Issues and Debates

by Adis Duderija,Halim Rane

  • Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
  • Release : 2018-08-20
  • Pages : 259
  • ISBN : 9783319925097
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book analyzes the development of Islam and Muslim communities in the West, including influences from abroad, relations with the state and society, and internal community dynamics. The project examines the emergence of Islam in the West in relation to the place of Muslim communities as part of the social fabric of Western societies. It provides an overview of the major issues and debates that have arisen over the last three to four decades surrounding the presence of new Muslim communities residing in Western liberal democracies. As such, the volume is an ideal text for courses focusing on Islam and Muslim communities in the West.

The Future of Islam and the West

The Future of Islam and the West
Clash of Civilizations Or Peaceful Coexistence?

by Shireen Hunter,Shireen T. Hunter

  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Release : 1998
  • Pages : 195
  • ISBN : 9780275962876
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Examines the relations between Islam and the West, paying particular attention to the various schools of Islamic political thought and the Islamic world view.

Western Muslims and the Future of Islam

Western Muslims and the Future of Islam
A Book

by Tariq Ramadan,Hh Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies and Research Fellow of St Antony's College Tariq Ramadan

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release : 2004
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 019517111X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Begins by offering a reading of Islamic sources, interpreting them for a Western context. The author demonstrates how an understanding of universal Islamic principles can open the door to integration into Western societies. He then shows how these principles can be put to practical use.

Islam and the West

Islam and the West
A Conversation with Jacques Derrida

by Mustapha Chérif

  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2009-05-15
  • Pages : 136
  • ISBN : 0226102874
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In the spring of 2003, Jacques Derrida sat down for a public debate in Paris with Algerian intellectual Mustapha Chérif. The eminent philosopher arrived at the event directly from the hospital where he had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the illness that would take his life just over a year later. That he still participated in the exchange testifies to the magnitude of the subject at hand: the increasingly distressed relationship between Islam and the West, and the questions of freedom, justice, and democracy that surround it. As Chérif relates in this account of their dialogue, the topic of Islam held special resonance for Derrida—perhaps it is to be expected that near the end of his life his thoughts would return to Algeria, the country where he was born in 1930. Indeed, these roots served as the impetus for their conversation, which first centers on the ways in which Derrida’s Algerian-Jewish identity has shaped his thinking. From there, the two men move to broader questions of secularism and democracy; to politics and religion and how the former manipulates the latter; and to the parallels between xenophobia in the West and fanaticism among Islamists. Ultimately, the discussion is an attempt to tear down the notion that Islam and the West are two civilizations locked in a bitter struggle for supremacy and to reconsider them as the two shores of the Mediterranean—two halves of the same geographical, religious, and cultural sphere. Islam and the West is a crucial opportunity to further our understanding of Derrida’s views on the key political and religious divisions of our time and an often moving testament to the power of friendship and solidarity to surmount them.

Islam in the West

Islam in the West
Perceptions and Reactions

by Abe W. Ata,Jan A. Ali

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2018-08-28
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN : 0199093660
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The bombings in New York and Washington in 2001 and subsequent terrorist attacks in different countries of the West have led to fast changing socio-cultural and political contexts where Islam has been depicted as a global threat. The meaning of being a Muslim has undergone rapid transformation with the interplay of perceptions and misperceptions impacted by, for instance, the Iranian Revolution of 1978–9, the Lockerbie bombing in 1988, the Gulf War of 1990–1, and the clash of civilizations thesis propagated by Samuel Huntington in 1993. This book examines the way Muslims and mainstream societies in the West perceive each other by taking into account themes like cultural pluralism, media, religious education, interfaith dialogue, and so on. It argues that Muslims are not defined solely by their faith but as an emerging group which is self-critical, reflective, and focused on clearing the misconceptions associated with their identity. Further, it posits that Westerners who are more knowledgeable about Muslims usually express positive opinions about Islam, thereby arguing that the knowledge about and attitudes towards Islam are interrelated.

Islam in the Eyes of the West

Islam in the Eyes of the West
Images and Realities in an Age of Terror

by Tareq Y. Ismael,Andrew Rippin

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2010-07-02
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 1136990186
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York to the Madrid and London bombings of 2004 and 2005, the presence of Muslim communities in the West has generated security issues and major political concern. The government, the media, and the general public have raised questions regarding potential links between Western Muslims, radical Islam and terrorism. This speculation has given rise to popular myths concerning the Islamic world and led to a host of illiberal measures such as illegal warranting, denial of Habeas Corpus, "black prisons" and extreme torture throughout the democratic world. This book challenges the authenticity of these myths and examines the ways in which they have been used to provide an ideological cover for the "war on terror" and the subsequent Iraq war. It argues that they are not only unfounded and hollow, but have also served a dangerous purpose, namely war-mongering and the empowering of the national-security state. It further considers the origin and transmission of these myths, focusing on media, government policy and popular discourse.

Islam and the West Post 9/11

Islam and the West Post 9/11
A Book

by Theodore Gabriel,Jane Idleman Smith

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2017-10-19
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 135192608X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book offers a chance for greater understanding of the political and religious groups in Islam that have contributed to events pre and post September 11th, and clearer insights into Muslim/Christian relations today. Many books have focused on the events of September 11th but have been primarily journalistic. This book draws together both Muslim and non-Muslim scholars who have been studying Christian/Muslim relations for many years. They assess the impact of 9/11 on Islamophobia and antipathy towards Muslims. Providing insights into various multi-cultural communities whose relations with Islam have been affected, the authors look particularly at regions where there are large minority Muslim communities (US and UK) and large minority non-Muslim communities (Indonesia and Nigeria). Assessing a number of issues impacting upon the teaching of Islam, this book allows readers to assess the consequences of the event and develop a more critical understanding of its implications.

Why the West Fears Islam

Why the West Fears Islam
An Exploration of Muslims in Liberal Democracies

by J. Cesari

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2013-07-24
  • Pages : 381
  • ISBN : 1137121203
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Jocelyne Cesari examines the idea that Islam might threaten the core values of the West through testimonies from Muslims in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the US. Her book is an unprecedented exploration of Muslim religious and political life based on several years of field work in Europe and in the United States.

Islam and the West

Islam and the West
A Rational Perspective

by Mohammed Jabar

  • Publisher : Mereo Books, mereobook, mereobooks
  • Release : 2014-11-01
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN : 1861513003
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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ÿSince its origins in the deserts of Arabia fourteen centuries ago, Islam has grown until today it has one and a half billion followers, nearly a quarter of mankind. Today Islam is feared and distrusted by much of the Western world for its association with religious extremism and terrorism, although the vast majority of Muslims believe only in peace, love and service to Allah and assert that extremism has no place in their faith.

The West and Islam

The West and Islam
Western Liberal Democracy versus the System of Shura

by Mishal Fahm al-Sulami

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2004-06-01
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1134374046
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book analyzes the relationship between Western and Islamic political ideas. The focus is on the similarities and differences between Western liberal democracy and shura - often seen as the Islamic counterpart to Western democracy. This is the first work to provide a direct and detailed comparison between the two systems of ideas, as given expression in the concrete political systems which have emerged.

Islam and the West

Islam and the West
Critical Perspectives on Modernity

by Michael Thompson

  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release : 2003
  • Pages : 188
  • ISBN : 9780742531079
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The essays in Islam and the West: Critical Perspectives on Modernity approach the interactions of Islam, the West, and modernity through overlapping social, historical, economic, cultural, and philosophical layers. Viewed through this complex prism of analysis, the full dimensions of the relationship become clear and the result is a deeper understanding of the nature of modernity and how other societies can relate to each other.

Islam and the West

Islam and the West
The Making of an Image

by Norman Daniel

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1966
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Islam and the West

Islam and the West
The Making of an Image

by Norman Daniel

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2009
  • Pages : 467
  • ISBN : 9789781851681
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Muslim Active Citizenship in the West

Muslim Active Citizenship in the West
A Book

by Mario Peucker,Shahram Akbarzadeh

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2014-04-03
  • Pages : 226
  • ISBN : 1317974271
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Muslim Active Citizenship in the West investigates the emergence and nature of Muslims’ struggle for recognition as full members of society in Australia, Great Britain and Germany. What actions have been taken by Muslims to achieve equal civic standing? How do socio-political and socio-economic factors impact on these processes? And how do Muslims negotiate their place in a society that is often regarded as sceptical – if not hostile – towards Muslims’ desire to belong? This book sheds new light on Muslims’ path towards citizenship in Australia, Great Britain and Germany. Existing research and statistics on Muslims’ socio-economic status, community formation, claim-making and political responses, and the public portrayal of Islam are systematically examined. These insights are tested ‘through the eyes of Muslims’, based on in-depth interviews with Muslim community leaders and other experts in all three countries. The findings offer unique perspectives on Muslim resilience to be recognised as equal citizens of Islamic faith in very different socio-political national settings. Pursuing an interdisciplinary and comparative approach, this book examines the country-specific interplay of historical, institutional, political, and identity dimensions of Muslims’ active citizenship and will be invaluable for students and researchers with an interest in Sociology, Religious Studies and Political Science.

Islam and the West

Islam and the West
A New Political and Religious Order Post September 11

by Robert Van de Weyer

  • Publisher : John Hunt Publishing
  • Release : 2001
  • Pages : 105
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This text explores the long history of hostility between Islam and the West, as well as the profound intellectual and cultural influences they have on one another. In light of this history and in the wake of the September 11th attack, the author looks at the future, and offers a vision of a new political and religious world order.

Is Islam an Enemy of the West?

Is Islam an Enemy of the West?
A Book

by Tamara Sonn

  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release : 2016-11-17
  • Pages : 152
  • ISBN : 1509504451
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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New York, Washington, Madrid, London and now Paris Ð the list of Western cities targeted by radical Islamic terrorists waging global jihad continues to grow. Does this extreme violence committed in the name of Islam point to a fundamental enmity between the Muslim faith and the West? In this compelling essay, leading scholar of Islam Tamara Sonn argues that whilst the West has many enemies among Muslims, it is politics not religion that informs their grievances. The longer these demands remain frustrated, the more violence has escalated and recruitment to groups like Islamic State has increased. Far from quelling the spread of Islamic extremism, Western military intervention has helped to turn nationalist movements into radical terrorist groups with international agendas. Islam, Sonn concludes, is not the problem, just as war is not the solution.

Islam and the West

Islam and the West
The Moriscos

by Anwar G. Chejne

  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release : 1983-01-01
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN : 9780873956062
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Shortly after the conquest of Granada in 1492 by the Catholic kings, Muslim subjects in Spain became known derogatorily as Moriscos, Moros, Muhammadans, Hagarans, and Saracens, despite the fact that they were forced to accept the sacrament of baptism. They were relegated to the margin of Christian society, considered aliens in their own land, and subjected to strictures and persecution. In turn, the Moriscos developed their own attitude, which they expressed in an extensive literature in Alijamiado, their Spanish dialect written in Arabic script. This literature was for the most part inspired by Arabic models reiterating Islamic values through the vehicles of history, legends, epic tales, stories, wisdom sayings, and sorcery. Written mostly during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Aljamiado literature is significant for the study of cultural change. Islam and the West: The Moriscos is the first comprehensive study of this long-neglected subject. Chejne surveys and analyzes the self-expression of the Moriscos and assesses their status as a minority struggling for survival, placing them in the social context of ideological conflict, the clash of religions and cultures, and differing perceptions. This book provides a more complete picture of the literatures and cultures of medieval Spain.

Christianity, Islam, and the West

Christianity, Islam, and the West
A Book

by Robert A. Burns

  • Publisher : University Press of America
  • Release : 2011-12-01
  • Pages : 150
  • ISBN : 0761855602
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This work touches upon the origins and central teachings of the Islamic religion and discusses the commonalties and differences between Islam and Christianity. The purpose of this book is to help alleviate the misinformation surrounding Islam and to inspire a dialogue between the two religions.

Islam and the West African Novel

Islam and the West African Novel
The Politics of Representation

by Ahmed S. Bangura

  • Publisher : Lynne Rienner Publishers
  • Release : 2000
  • Pages : 171
  • ISBN : 9780894108631
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"Extending Edward Said's study of the Orientalist tradition in Western scholarship, Bangura traces the origins of contemporary misunderstandings of African Islam to the discourse of colonial literature. Western critics and writers, he observes, typically without access to Islam except through the colonialist tradition, have perpetuated unfounded, politically motivated themes.".