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

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Palgrave Macmillan, Aug 21, 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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MOHAMMED ABATTOUY Senior Scholar at the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation, Manchester, UK and Head of the Philosophy Department, Mohammed Vth University, Rabat, Morocco SAMAR ATTAR Independent Scholar, who has taught English, Arabic and comparative literature in the USA, Canada, Algeria, Germany, Australia and Turkey. She has published extensively in both English and Arabic in the fields of literary criticism, philosophy, migration and gender studies FREDERIQUE GUERIN Research Fellow and Programme Coordinator of the Geopolitics of Globalisation and Transnational Security Programme, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland JACK GOODY Emeritus Professor in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge University, UK JOHN M. HOBSON Professor of Politics and International Relations at the Department of Politics, University of Sheffield, UK MOHAMMED-MAHMOUD OULD MOHAMEDOU Visiting Professor in the International History and Politics and Development departments of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and Head of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland LISA WATANABE Research Fellow of the Geopolitics of Globalisation and Transnational Security Programme, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland

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