Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization, The
Outline: Richard 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 but fell behind in wealth and power. Modernization in the nineteenth century brough in secular forces that marginalized religion in political and public life. In the Middle East this gave rise to the tyrannical governments that have dominated the region. Yet beginning in the 1950s and continuing to this day, U.S. policymakers have misread the Muslim world. Instead of focusing on the growing discontent with unpopular regimes, many American politicians have seen only a forum for liberal, democratic reforms within those governments.
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