Eurocentrism

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NYU Press, Jan 1, 2010 - Philosophy - 240 pages

Since its first publication twenty years ago, Eurocentrism has become a classic of radical thought. Written by one of the world's foremost political economists, this original and provocative essay takes on one of the great "ideological deformations" of our time: Eurocentrism. Rejecting the dominant Eurocentric view of world history, which narrowly and incorrectly posits a progression from the Greek and Roman classical world to Christian feudalism and the European capitalist system, Amin presents a sweeping reinterpretation that emphasizes the crucial historical role played by the Arab Islamic world. Throughout the work, Amin addressesa broad set of concerns, ranging from the ideological nature of scholastic metaphysics to the meanings and shortcomingsof contemporary Islamic fundamentalism. This second edition contains a new introduction and concluding chapter, both of which make the author's arguments even more compelling.

 

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Contents

PREFACE
7
Modernity
13
Modernity and Religious Interpretations
25
Political Islam
57
Introduction
95
The Formation of Tributary Ideology
105
Tributary Culture in Other Regions
141
Introduction
151
Marxism and the Challenge
189
and Fundamentalism
195
For a Truly Universal Culture
205
4
212
The Universal
221
Peripheral Tributary Mode
233
Eurocentrism and the Debate over Slavery
249
Eurocentrism in the Theory of the Nation
255

The Decline of Metaphysics
157
The Construction of Eurocentric Culture
165
NOTES
280
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About the author (2010)

Samir Amin was born in Egypt in 1931 and received his Ph.D. in economics in Paris in 1957. He is director of the Third World Forum in Dakar, Senegal. His numerous works include Eurocentrism: Second Edition, The World We Wish to See, The Liberal Virus, Accumulation on a World Scale, Unequal Development, and Spectres of Capitalism.

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