Islam and the West: Critical Perspectives on Modernity

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Michael J. Thompson
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 18 aug. 2003 - 224 sidor
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th the topic of Islam's political, cultural, religious, and spiritual tendencies and beliefs has been thrust into the spotlight. However, most discussions concerning Islam's relation to the West tend to simplify and distort the intricate nature of the problem. The essays in Islam and the West 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. The result is a deeper understanding of the nature of modernity and how other societies can relate to each other in an increasingly complex, globalizing world.
 

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Introduction
1
1 Muslims and the West A Paradigm for Polarization
5
2 Islam Modernity and the Dialectic of Dogmatism
21
3 The Deficiency of Democracy in the Islamic World
39
4 The Roots of Terror
49
5 Europe in the Mirror of the Contemporary Middle East Aspects of Modern European History Reconsidered
75
6 Deconstructing ArabIslamic History A Discussion of its Evolutionary Dynamics
107
7 Critical Theory and the Islamic Encounter with Modernity
123
8 Second Letter on Algeria
139
9 A Wild Goose Chase To Cope Must Islam westernize?
153
Index
183
About the Contributors
187
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Michael Thompson is the founder and editor of Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture and is assistant professor of political science at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

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