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What went wrong? : Western impact and Middle Eastern response

Author: Bernard Lewis
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For many centuries, the world of Islam was in the forefront of human achievement - the foremost military and economic power in the world, the leader in the arts and sciences of civilization. Christian Europe, a remote land beyond its northwestern frontier, was seen as an outer darkness of barbarism and unbelief from which there was nothing to learn or to fear. And then everything changed, as the previously despised  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard Lewis
ISBN: 0195144201 9780195144208 0585427658 9780585427652
OCLC Number: 47101073
Description: 180 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: The lessons of the battlefield --
The quest for wealth and power --
Social and cultural barriers --
Modernization and social equality --
Secularism and the civil society --
Time, space, and modernity --
Aspects of cultural change.
Responsibility: Bernard Lewis.
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Why did the most advanced civilization in the world lose its power and fall under the domination of others? This book examines how Middle Easterners responded to Western challenges in war,  Read more...

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