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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,264 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard Lewis Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 West won victory after victory, first in the battlefield and the marketplace, then in almost every aspect of public and even private life.

In this intriguing volume, Bernard Lewis examines the anguished reaction of the Islamic world as it tried to understand why things had changed—how they had been overtaken, overshadowed, and to an increasing extent dominated by the West. Lewis provides a fascinating portrait of a culture in turmoil. He shows how the Middle East turned its attention to understanding European weaponry and military tactics, commerce and industry, government and diplomacy, education and culture. Lewis highlights the striking differences between the Western and Middle Eastern cultures from the 18th to the 20th centuries through thought-provoking comparisons of such things as Christianity and Islam, music and the arts, the position of women, secularism and the civil society, the clock and the calendar.

Hailed in the New York Times Book Review as “the doyen of Middle Eastern studies,” Bernard Lewis is one of the West’s foremost authorities on Islamic history and culture. In this striking volume, he offers an incisive look at the historical relationship between the Middle East and Europe.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rich | 2/20/2014

    " The title is misleading and i told Mr lewis that when I met him at a conference in 2006. He concede the point and said the publishers came up with the title because they thought it would sell better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John-paul Pagano | 2/19/2014

    " Pace the preening epigones of Edward Said, Lewis makes some interesting points about the historical and cultural factors that have contributed to political pathology in the Middle East. Too bad he does this in soporific and wandering prose. Save this for one of your manic phases. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barry | 2/18/2014

    " A must read- those who think the answer is nothing.... there are no words.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mark Becher | 2/11/2014

    " This book is mostly a condensation of the themes found in Lewis' larger work History of the Middle East. It focuses mostly on the time period of the Ottoman Empire to the present day, and it has significantly less historical detail. To any interested in the history of the region, I would recommend the larger work instead. A condensation of a "brief history of the last 2000 years" (as he calls his History of the Middle East) is so brief as not to be worth the time invested in reading it. "

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