The Islamic Enlightenment

The Struggle Between Faith and Reason: 1798 to Modern Times (1st Ed.)

This book changes everything we thought we knew about the Islamic world.

By Christopher de Bellaigue Read by Charles Armstrong History - Other / Nonfiction / Religion & Spirituality English, Unabridged 15h 12m Sell Sheet
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							This absorbing account of the political and social reformations that transformed the lands of Islam during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries offers a game-changing assessment of the Middle East. Beginning his account in 1798, de Bellaigue demonstrates how the Middle East has long welcomed modern ideals and practices, including the adoption of modern medicine, the emergence of women from seclusion, and the development of democracy. With trenchant political and historical insight, de Bellaigue further shows how the violence of an infinitesimally small minority is in fact the tragic blowback from that modernization. This revolutionary argument, which completely refutes the misconception that Muslims live in a benighted state of backwardness, reveals the folly of Westerners demanding modernity from their Islamic neighbors.

“Elegantly written…’The Islamic Enlightenment’ introduces us to a fascinating gallery of individuals… In tracking the sinews of enlightenment through the last two centuries of Islamic thinking, this brilliant and lively history deserves nothing but praise.” - New York Times Book Review

“Excellent…Mr. de Bellaigue, the finest Orientalist of his generation, does the world a great service by charting the attainments of the region’s long 19th century…. Mr. de Bellaigue tells a story that is at once new, fascinating and extraordinarily important.” - The Wall Street Journal