The Islamic enlightenment : the modern struggle between faith and reason / Christopher de Bellaigue.
London : The Bodley Head, 2017.
9781847922410 (hbk.) :
Christopher de Bellaigue presents an account of the political and social reformations that transformed the lands of Islam in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Structuring his groundbreaking history around Istanbul, Cairo, and Tehran, the three main loci of Islamic culture, the book challenges the ossified perceptions in Western culture that self-righteously condemn the Muslim world as hopelessly benighted. This false perception belies the fact that Islamic civilisation has been undergoing its own anguished transformation over the last two hundred years and that the violence of an infinitesimally small minority is the blowback from this process.
xxxiv, 398 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm
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