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History of Islam in German Thought: From Leibniz to Nietzsche (Routledge Studies in Cultural History) [Hardcover]

Ian Almond

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29 Sep 2009 Routledge Studies in Cultural History (Book 11)
This concise overview of the perception of Islam in eight of the most important German thinkers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries allows a new and fascinating investigation of how these thinkers, within their own bodies of work, often espoused contradicting ideas about Islam and their nearest Muslim neighbors.  Exploring a variety of 'neat compartmentalizations' at work in the representations of Islam, as well as distinct vocabularies employed by these key intellectuals (theological, political, philological, poetic), Ian Almond parses these vocabularies to examine the importance of Islam in the very history of German thought. Almond further demonstrates the ways in which German philosophers such as Hegel, Kant, and Marx repeatedly ignored information about the Muslim world that did not harmonize with the particular landscapes they were trying to paint – a fact which in turn makes us reflect on what it means when a society possesses 'knowledge' of a foreign culture. 

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'This is the book about German Orientalism I felt I could not and did not want to write, and I am very grateful to Ian Almond for having produced it.' -- Suzanne Marchand, Louisiana State University, USA

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Ian Almond is Assistant Professor of English Literature at Bosphorus University, Istanbul, Turkey, and has taught courses on the representation of Islam in the Western tradition at a number of universities including the University of Edinburgh, the Freie Universitat (Berlin), and the Universita di Bari (Italy).  He is author of three books -- Sufism and Deconstruction (Routledge, 2004), The New Orientalists (2007), and a military history of Muslim-Christian alliances, Two Faiths, One Banner (2008). 

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5.0 out of 5 stars How truly wild, bizarre, and contradictory the attitudes towards Islam were--and sometimes are 31 Dec 2009
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"History of Islam in German Thought" is on the ROROTOKO list of cutting-edge intellectual nonfiction. Professor Almond's book interview ran here as the cover feature on December 21, 2009.
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