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Preface Chapter 1. Islamo-Christian Civilization Chapter 2. What Went On? Chapter 3. Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places Chapter 4. The Edge of the Future Appendix Works Cited
A preeminent Middle East scholar argues that beginning in the 1950s American policymakers misread the Muslim world. Instead of focusing on the growing discontent with the unpopular governments, the policymakers saw only a forum for liberal, democratic reforms within those governments. By fostering slogans like "clash of civilizations," and "what went wrong," Americans to this day continue to misread the Muslim world and to miss the opportunity to focus on common ground for building lasting peace. This book offers a fresh perspective on U.S.-Muslim relations and provides the intellectual groundwork upon which to build a peaceful and democratic future in the Muslim world.
Richard W. Bulliet is professor of history at Columbia University. A former director of the Middle East Institute and executive secretary of the Middle East Studies Association, he is the author of Islam: The View from the Edge, The Camel and The Wheel, and editor of The Columbia History of the Twentieth Century. He lives in New York City.
"[An] insightful book about Islam and Muslims that actually provides hope for the future... this book is a quick, informative, and encouraging read." -- Publishers Weekly "A clearly written book, aimed at the general reader...requires a place on the library shelf" -- Library Journal "Presents a persuasive case for viewing Islam and the West... [a]brilliant new book" -- Emran Qureshi, Toronto Globe and Mail "Seeks to bridge a gap between Islam and the West... His solution is to try to patch things up by emphasizing all that Islam and Christianity have in common." -- Daniel Lazare, The Nation "As Bulliet writes... there is a far better case for 'Islamo-Christian civilization' than there is for a clash of civilizations." -- Washington Monthly "A positive and challenging proposal, underscoring the importance of the phases we use in defining our world." -- Future Survey "Obviously, this is an important book with the important proposal to familiarize everyone with the term "Islam-Christian civilization". Let us take heed." -- Murad Wilfried Hofmann, The Muslim World Book Review "It deserves the widest possible readership, addressing as it does with wit and insight one of the most freighted issues of our times." -- Malise Ruthven, Times Literary Supplement "Bulliet's ideas are collectively imaginative and a major contribution... No reader will see the history either of Christendom or Islam in quite the same way." -- Ronald Davis, Domes "Great scholarship and vision... Bulliet offers rare insights in the Islamic and the (post)-Christian worlds." -- Johannes J. G. Jansen, International History Review "An excellent touchstone... this is not a volume that should be ignored." -- John J. Curry, Ph.D., Digest of Middle East Studies "[A] wise and wonderful book." -- Howard J. Dooley, Journal of World History