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A Modern History of the Islamic World Paperback – 29 Mar 2002

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris; New edition edition (29 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860648223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860648229
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,163,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Dec 2000
Format: Hardcover
The book by the most controversial German scholar in Islamic Studies has finally been translated into English.
Since its first publication in 1995 many of the claims put forth by Schulze have been exposed as totally unfounded. This is especially true for his thesis, that due to a mysterious "world-time" the Islamic world experienced the same socio-cultural developments as the "West". In particular he claims that there was an Islamic enlightenment in the 18th century. This thesis dominates the introduction of the book and it is Schulze's explicit intention to "rewrite" Islamic history with the categories applied to describe developments in the West. Bernd Radtke "autochthone islamische Aufklärung", Utrecht, 2000, and Hagen/ Seidensticker "Reinhard Schulzes These einer islamischen Aufklärung" ZDMG (1998) that Schulze's concept is based on the deliberate mistranslation of a number of Arabic poems and mystical treatises.
Insofar the 20st century is concerned the mistakes concerning Islam in South Asia are apalling, e.g. Abdallah (correct Ubaidullah) Sindhi (b. 1871) appears as the founder of the Deoband seminary (founded 1867) (p.118). Even more stunning is the fact that these faults have not been emended in the meanwhile although the literature quoted would have provided the correct information. This observation on South Asia reflects my own preoccupations. Although I cannot dare to judge Schulze's claims concerning other regions, this observation shows that extreme caution should prevail.
The second problematic aspect of Schulze's book is the constant downplaying of the violent and totalitarian character of Islamist ideologies. He ascribes to Sayyid Qutb the wish to create a "society free from rulers", p.176.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
finally translated 23 Nov 2002
By Tron Honto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I hope the translation of Schulze's general work on the modern history of Islam will lead to the translation of some of his works, especially on Pan-Islamism. This book has its weaknesses throughout due to the very nature of the enterprise. It's all too easy to point out what such attempts to give comprehensive histories lack. Nonetheless, out of all the books out there, I recommend Schulze's book more than any other because it avoids sensationalism and the essentialization of Islamic history. Moreoever, it presents Islamic history in th idiom of political modenrity rather than in mediaeval throwbacks that are not sufficient for explaining polyvalent nature of modern Islamic history. The translation, however, was poorly edited even after coming out in paperback, which is a shame. Overall, this doesn't detract from the overall quality of the work.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
History's lessons 2 May 2004
By Tauseef Tariq - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am not quite sure what to make of this book, but here goes. It is a historically rich narrative of the Islamic world over the past century, it is an objective and successful attempt at finding out how the Islamic world has changed and why and its relation to the rest of the world and other cultures. I should warn you, though, that it is not a light read and you may find yourself going back a couple of pages to re-orient yourself.
There is a special focus on the different political theories and ideologies and their influence on Muslims as they came into contact with them as a result of integration with the rest of the world, especially after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. It seems to be a fitting addition to the resource materials required for any serious political science/history class and it is a very deep analysis (he is a scholar). A very educating work.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent History 26 Dec 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This very good history of Islamic world of the last 100 years. The unlike most histories of the Islamic world, the author avoids Orientalism and as result is able to tell a coherent and compelling story. The book provides a historical supplement to Sayyid's A Fundamental Fear. I would recommend reading both of these together. Where Fundamenatal Fear provides a theoritical analysis, this book provides a historically rich description.
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