Richard W. Bulliet is professor of history at Columbia University. He is the author of several books, including Islam: The View from the Edge and hunters, Herders, and Hamburgers: The Past and Future of Roman-Animal Relationships.
THE CASE FOR ISLAMO-CHRISTIAN CIVILIZATION
BICKANO W. BULLIET LOOKS BEYOND RHETORIC TO CHALLENGE prevailing—and misleading views of Islamic history and the idea of a “clash of civilizations.” Offering a fresh perspective on the shared histories of Islamic and Christian societies, Bulliet provides the intellectual groundwork upon which to build a better Understanding between the West and the Muslim world.
Throughout their early histories, Christianity and Islam went through many of the same developmental stages and confronted many of the same internal challenges. Yet as Christianity grew rich and powerful and less central to everyday life, Islam found success around the globe hut fell behind in wealth and power. Modernization in the nineteenth century brought in secular forces that marginalized religion in political and public life. In the Middle East this gave rise to the tyrannical governments have dominated the region. Yet beginning in the 1950S and continuing to this day, U.S. policymakehave misread the Muslims world. Instead of focusing on the growing discontent with unpopular regimes, many American poi itiei4s have seen only a forum for liberal democratic reforms within those governments.
Publisher: COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS
Author: RICHARD W. BULIET