The Role of the Arab-Islamic World in the Rise of the West: Implications for Contemporary Trans-Cultural Relations

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Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan
Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 18, 2012 - Political Science - 241 pages
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This book takes a fascinating look at the role of the Arab-Islamic world in the rise of the West. It examines the cultural transmission of ideas and institutions in a number of key areas, including science, philosophy, humanism, law, finance, commerce, as well as the Arab-Islamic world's overall impact on the Reformation and the Renaissance. Through this survey of cultural exchange and borrowing, the book challenges received Euro-centric narratives of the rise of the West. It also offers a timely and important discussion of the implications of this shared history for contemporary trans-cultural relations. 

  

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Contents

A Thousand Years of Amnesia
1
2 The Arabs and the Italian Renaissance
25
3 Reorienting the Reformation? Prolegomena to a History of the Reformations Connection with the Islamic World ...
38
4 The Possible Contribution of Islamic Legal Institutions to the Emergence of a Rule of Law and the Modern State in Europe ...
61
5 Islamic Commerce and Finance in the Rise of the West
84
6 Suppressed or Falsified History? The Untold Story of ArabIslamic Rationalist Philosophy ...
116
Humanism and Education from the Orient to the West
144
Historical Context and Case Studies
167
Implications for Contemporary Transcultural Relations
220
Index
233
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Dr. Nayef R.F.Al-Rodhan is Senior Member of St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, UK, and Senior Fellow and Director of the Centre for the Geopolitics of Globalisation and Transnational Security at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland. He is a philosopher, neuroscientist and geostrategist. A prize-winning scholar, he has published twenty one books proposing many innovative concepts and theories in global politics, security, philosophy and history. He was educated at Yale University, the Mayo Clinic and Harvard University. He is best known for several philosophical and analytic books on global politics that include: The Role of the Arab-Islamic World in the Rise of the West (Palgrave, 2012); Sustainable History and the Dignity of Man; Emotional Amoral Egoism; Neo-Statecraft and Meta-Geopolitics; The Politics of Emerging Strategic Technologies (Palgrave, 2011); and Symbiotic Realism.

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