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A Convergence of Civilizations: The Transformation of Muslim Societies Around the World Hardcover – 27 May 2011

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (27 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231150024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231150026
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.2 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,778,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Youssef Courbage and Emmanuel Todd totally recast the current debate about Islam and the West by focusing attention on some societal fundamentals and by debunking-once and for all-a number of myths.--Nicolas Guilhot, editor of The Invention of International Relations Theory

I found this succinct book fascinating and recommend it.--Patrick J. Ryan "Commonweal "

Scholarly and engaging, this is an important work and one which deserves to be widely read.--Sandra Berns "Law Society Journal "

A primer in the demography of Muslim societies, a treatise on the causes and consequences of fertility decline, and a rejoinder to the 'clash of civilizations' argument.--John Casterline "Population and Development Review "

This articulate and elegant demographic study convincingly documents a general trend toward modernity in the Muslim world, from Morocco to Indonesia. It successfully refutes many Western prejudices towards Islam, especially those based on misconceptions about its religion. It should be required reading for Western policy makers as well as for the general public.--Léon-François Hoffmann, Princeton University

An insightful academic study of how the unrest and turbulence that characterizes large areas of the Muslim world are the results of demographic--rather than ideological--trends.... Important reading.--Kirkus Reviews

Engaging for a general reader and rewarding for a specialist.... Highly recommended.--Choice

A positive, enlightening survey.--The Midwest Book Review

Written with clarity and élan.--Review of Middle East Studies

About the Author

Youssef Courbage is research director at the French National Institute for Demographic Studies. His research concerns Arab and Muslim countries, Asia and Eastern Europe, and interactions among demography and politics. He has studied economics, sociology, demography, and urban planning at Lebanese and French universities. Emmanuel Todd is a researcher at the French National Institute for Demographic Studies and author of numerous books, including After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order, The Final Fall: An Essay on the Decomposition of the Soviet Sphere, The Making of Modern France: Ideology, Politics, and Culture.

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