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The Islamic Enlightenment Free read õ 102 Tered; and urrat al Ayn an Iranian noble woman who defied her husband to become a charismatic prophetWhat makes The Islamic Enlightenment particularly germane is that non Muslim pundits in the post 911 era have repeatedly called for Islam to subject itself to the transformations that the West has already achieved since the Enlightenment the absurd implication being that if Muslims do not stop reading or following the tenets of the ur’an and other holy books they will never emerge from a benighted state of backwardness The Islamic Enlightenment with its revolutionary argument completely refutes this view and in the process reveals the folly of Westerners demanding modernity from those whose lives are already drenched in i. This is the second time in just a few weeks that I am writing that a book is reuired reading but here we areThis book is dealing with one of the key uestions of our time When people in Europe discuss the integration of Muslim migrants one of the enlightened pun intended received wisdoms goes or less like this Well we know that until recently most Christians were rather bigoted and we know that Christianity was really intolerant and burned witches and heretics and organized pogroms against the Jews and so on but then we had the enlightenment and Christianity gradually assimilated the values of the enlightenment and in practice our societies have become completely secularized While we don t really know why the Christian powers that be did not repress liberal philosophers vehemently one possible explanation is that Christianity as a religion was always open to discussion and debate do you have a choice with four gospels that contradict each other on almost all essential points But then Muslims believe that the uran is the literal word of God and of course that does not leave much room for discussion As a result Islam is an intrinsically backward religion who will remain stuck forever in the dark ages and will reject any rational discussion on a topic that might lead to a uestioning of the central tenets of the beliefThe great merit of De Bellaigue is that he thoroughly debunks this received wisdom He shows that when the great powers in the Middle East were confronted with Europe s superior technology science and organization during the 19 century after some initial confusion and rejections of modernity intellectuals became interested in European ideas and enthusiastically adopted them up and including Darwinism a free press and constitutional democracy I will not repeat the details of De Bellaigue s argument here there s so much too learn in this splendid book and yes it will change the way you view the world at least if you ve been brought up in a Eurocentric view of the world Why not 5 stars then There are two major reasonsFirst the book focuses entirely on Egypt Turkey and Iran which gives the impression that De Bellaigue conflates Islam with the Middle East I am not sure Muslims in North Africa South Asia or Indonesia will agree with that The motives for this geographic focus are not clear but it does leave one with the suspicion that events in those other regions do not fit the main narrativeSecond the book does not really attempt to answer the uestions that are of the greatest interest to us why did this period of enlightenment eventually fail and what does that bode for the future De Bellaigue does suggest that the comeback of militant traditional Islamism was mainly the result of resentment against European imperialism and corrupt local elites who took over European values Maybe Or could it be that this enlightenment was mainly an elite project that was never internalised by society as a whole After reading the book we still have no idea As a side note one point that struck me is the perfidious role of nationalism in this story We have completely forgotten how at the end of the 19 century both the Ottoman and the Habsburg empires were truly multi ethnic and multi national Together with the works of Joseph Roth and Dominic Liven for instance I have recently read this book reminded me what a destructive force nationalism has been Power Engineering era have repeatedly called for Islam to subject itself to the transformations that the West has already achieved since the Enlightenment the absurd implication being that if Muslims do not stop reading or following the tenets of the ur’an and other holy books they will never The Outlander Series OutlanderDragonfly in AmberVoyagerDrums of AutumnThe Fiery CrossA Breath of Snow and AshesAn Echo in the Bone emerge from a benighted state of backwardness The Islamic Enlightenment with its revolutionary argument completely refutes this view and in the process reveals the folly of Westerners demanding modernity from those whose lives are already drenched in i. 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The Islamic Enlightenment Free read õ 102 With majestic prose Christopher de Bellaigue presents an absorbing account of the political and social reformations that transformed the lands of Islam in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries Flying in the face of everything we thought we knew The Islamic Enlightenment becomes an astonishing and revelatory history that offers a game changing assessment of the Middle East since the Napoleonic WarsBeginning his account in 1798 de Bellaigue demonstrates how Middle Eastern heartlands have 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 t. In these frankly traumatic times where various parties are taking umbrage at each other s point of view and the language is becoming provocative one of the accusations levelled against the Muslim world is that they are failing to adapt to a modern world and modernise their culture This has not always been the case though as back in the nineteenth century the Muslim world embraced change and modern practices medicine and universal suffrage In this book on the Islamic Enlightenment de Bellaigue goes back over 200 years to take us through the history of the region and the politicians scientists and writers who have been key to driving the change in the region This is not a book you can rush as de Bellaigue takes enormous pains to find the movers and shakers who drove through the change in this Muslim world and tell their story It is full of complex tales and he is eually critical of the Muslim countries and of the Western states that carved up the region for their own ends whilst using the local political leaders to continue to oppress the populace The amount of research that has gone into this makes for incredibly dense prose and I found it uite challenging to read I also felt that sometimes the narrative of the stories of the people got lost in the detail Will probably become a standard text in its time but it is possible for the specialist rather than the general reader Men in White Suits early twentieth centuries Flying in the face of Dune everything we thought we knew The Islamic Enlightenment becomes an astonishing and revelatory history that offers a game changing assessment of the Middle East since the Napoleonic WarsBeginning his account in 1798 de Bellaigue demonstrates how Middle Eastern heartlands have long welcomed modern ideals and practices including the adoption of modern medicine the Tehanu emergence of women from seclusion and the development of democracy With trenchant political and historical insight de Bellaigue further shows how t. In these frankly traumatic times where various parties are taking umbrage at A Tradition of Victory each other s point of view and the language is becoming provocative one of the accusations levelled against the Muslim world is that they are failing to adapt to a modern world and modernise their culture This has not always been the case though as back in the nineteenth century the Muslim world Monstruos como nosotros Historias de freaks colosos y prodigios embraced change and modern practices medicine and universal suffrage In this book on the Islamic Enlightenment de Bellaigue goes back over 200 years to take us through the history of the region and the politicians scientists and writers who have been key to driving the change in the region This is not a book you can rush as de Bellaigue takes Drunken Fireworks enormous pains to find the movers and shakers who drove through the change in this Muslim world and tell their story It is full of complex tales and he is Angels Flight eually critical of the Muslim countries and of the Western states that carved up the region for their own Murder in Shadow New Scotland YardDoyle and Acton #6 ends whilst using the local political leaders to continue to oppress the populace The amount of research that has gone into this makes for incredibly dense prose and I found it uite challenging to read I also felt that sometimes the narrative of the stories of the people got lost in the detail Will probably become a standard text in its time but it is possible for the specialist rather than the general reader

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The Islamic Enlightenment Free read õ 102 He violence of an infinitesimally small minority is in fact the tragic blowback from these modernizing processesStructuring his groundbreaking history around Istanbul Cairo and Tehran the three main loci of Islamic culture de Bellaigue directly challenges ossified perceptions of a supposedly benighted Muslim world through the forgotten and inspiring stories of philosophers anti clerics journalists and feminists who opened up their societies to political and intellectual emancipation His sweeping and vivid account includes remarkable men and women from across the Muslim world including Ibrahim Sinasi who brought newspapers to Istanbul; Mirza Saleh Shirzi whose Persian memoirs describe how the Turkish harems were finally shut. Reviewer s Note I just wrote a in depth review of this book on my weekly book blog If you like this review and would like to read click on the following link When thinking about the Middle East modern is not one of the words your average American would ascribe to it Indeed if one just peruses right wing media you would think that the Middle East has been and always will be defined as in a Hobbesian state of nature But as the author of this interesting book points out in his preface this is a historical fallacy The Middle East has tried and continues to engage with modernity but in its own way Mr De Bellaigue tries to convey the historic struggle between the Middle East s Islamic identity and the modern world in this book with some mixed resultsMr De Bellaigue starts his narrative with Napoleon s invasion of Egypt in 1798 Napoleon didn t just invade with soldiers though He brought with him scientists and scholars laying bear the fact to Egypt and the Middle East s denizens that the Islamic world had fallen behind in the production of new ideas and innovations This had not always been the case as many remembered at the time Thus began the region s fitful attempts at reform that continue to this day Mr De Bellaigue focuses his narrative on three locations Egypt Turkey formerly the Ottoman Empire prior to World War I and Iran He shows how public intellectuals engaged with modern thought and technology and how attempts at real reform were often stifled either by conservative rulers or Western imperialists This is an eye opening historical revelationAt least it would be However there are some major problems with this book The biggest problem is that Mr De Bellaigue s narrative blends together too much It is very easy to miss when he has transitioned from one topic to the next especially since there are no subheadings and few line breaks throughout the book This isn t as big of a problem in the first three chapters as each one of them focuses on one region s first attempts at modernity but the problem is still there It gets worse in the last three chapters when Mr De Bellaigue begins to talk about all three regions in the same chapter Then not only is it easy to miss the transition from one public intellectual to the next but also the transition from one region to the nextThis is not to say that this book is difficult to decipher Indeed Mr De Bellaigue shines when he talks about the great works of literature of some of the great Middle Eastern writers of their time and how their ideas would influence their countries for years to come Some of their work may even be interesting to look at on their own However Mr De Bellaigue doesn t always give each of these great writers enough space in his book to breathe on their ownIn the end while this is not the best book on Middle Eastern history I would recommend The Arabs A History by Eugene Rogan for that it still may be useful for many Americans to read about the Middle East s attempts to modernize It would certainly help them put the struggles in the Middle East they see on TV in a broader historical context


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  • Hardcover
  • 432
  • The Islamic Enlightenment
  • Christopher de Bellaigue
  • English
  • 23 August 2020
  • 9780871403735