Islamic Studies Young Turks

Islamic Studies’ Young Turks, Danny
Postel, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The larger debate on Middle East civilization has often been
represented by scholars Edward Said and Bernard Lewis (author of
What Went Wrong? Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response). While
Lewis declares the Islamic world to be in decline and that Muslims
have tended to blame others for it, Said argues that the Muslim
world has been long under attack. But Danny Postel in The
Chronicle of Higher Education
says ‘the landscape is now
changing as an emerging group of Muslim scholars shifts the terms
of the debate. That group is beginning to ask precisely the
question that Lewis posed. Whatever they think of his work as a
whole, the question ‘What went wrong?’ and the vital corollary ‘How
can we make things better?’ are central to their project.’
–Julie Madsen
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Related link:
Impossible Histories–Why the Many Islams Cannot
be Simplified,
Edward Said, Harpers

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