The Islamic Enlightenment The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason

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  • 9781847922427
  • februari 2017
  • Paperback
  • 432 pagina's
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Christopher de Bellaigue

Christopher de Bellaigue has worked as a journalist in South Asia and the Middle East, writing for The Economist, the Guardian, and The New York Review of Books. He is the award-winning author of four books, has made several BBC television and radio documentaries, and has been a visiting fellow at the universities of Harvard and Oxford. He lives in London.


Brilliant' Orhan Pamuk 'The best sort of book for our disordered days: timely, urgent and illuminating' Pankaj Mishra 'It strikes a blow ... for common humanity.' Sunday Times The Islamic Enlightenment: a contradiction in terms? The Muslim world has often been accused of a failure to modernise, reform and adapt. But, from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day, Islamic society in its Middle Eastern heartlands has in fact been transformed by modern ideals and practices, including the adoption of modern medicine, the emergence of women from purdah and the development of democracy. Who were the scholars and scientists, writers and politicians that brought about these remarkable changes? And why is their legacy now under threat? Beginning with the dramatic collision of East and West following Napoleon's arrival in Egypt, and taking us through 200 tumultuous years of Middle Eastern history, Christopher de Bellaigue, introduces us to key figures and reformers; from Egypt's visionary ruler Muhammad Ali to brave radicals like Iran's first feminist Qurrat al-Ayn and the writer Ibrahim Sinasi, who transformed Ottoman Turkey's language and literature. This book tells the forgotten story of the Islamic Enlightenment. It shows us how to look beyond sensationalist headlines to foster a genuine understanding of modern Islam and Muslim culture, and is essential reading for anyone engaged with the state of the world today.


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...Focusing on Iran, Turkey and Egypt, 'the three intellectual and political centres of the Middle East,' Mr. de Bellaigue tells a story that is at once new, fascinating and extraordinarily important. -- Bartle Bull - Wall Street Journal A stylishly written, surprisingly moving chronicle of intellectual and political flourishing in Egypt, Turkey, and Iran - 'the brain of Islam' - in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. -- Harper's Deeply researched ... Beginning with Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1798 and ending with the late 20th century, De Bellaigue shows how the cultural struggles between modernity and tradition unfolded in Istanbul, Cairo, and Tehran...De Bellaigue is a knowledgeable guide through huge sweeps of cultural history -- Nick Romeo - Christian Science Monitor The book reads at times like a thriller-it is a tale of reform and reaction, innovation and betrayal, a struggle, as the author would put it, between faith and reason... With such divisive views elevated to state policy, a book that examines the Islamic world's liberalization process-at least until the French and the English carved up the Middle East after 1918-is welcome. -- Francis Ghiles - Arab Weekly A highly original and informative survey of the clashes between Islam and modernity in Istanbul, Cairo, and Tehran in the last two hundred years. Brilliant! -- Orhan Pamuk, author of My Name Is Red That there has been an Islamic Enlightenment at all will come as news to many. De Bellaigue's account of the 'very broad church' of Islam in the modern world is splendid and timely. -- Anthony Gottlieb, author of The Dream of Enlightenment Christopher de Bellaigue has long been one of our most resourceful and stimulating interpreters of realities veiled by fear and prejudice. In The Islamic Enlightenment, he cuts through the complacent opposition of Islam-versus-modernity to reveal a fascinating world: one in which complex human beings constantly change, improvise, and adjust under the pressures of history. It is the best sort of book for our disordered days: timely, urgent, and illuminating. -- Pankaj Mishra, author of From the Ruins of Empire A brilliantly learned and entertaining study of a topic that is of far more than merely antiquarian interest: the encounter between the Islamic world and the post-Enlightenment West. -- Tom Holland, author of In the Shadow of the Sword Timely, thoughtful, and provocative. -- Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads In this expansive historical account and commentary, de Bellaigue recounts Islam's painful encounter with modernity through the history of Turkey, Egypt, and Iran... This is a text that demands attention for its splendid prose, command of an entire treasury of history, and ability to undermine the misplaced patronization of Middle Eastern Muslim nations over the last 300 years. -- Publisher's Weekly



februari 2017
23,3 x 15,1 x 3,8 cm
Aantal pagina's
432 pagina's


Christopher de Bellaigue
Vintage Publishing



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