The Role of the Arab-Islamic World in the Rise of the West: Implications for Contemporary Trans…

Hardcover | September 18, 2012

EditorNayef R.F. Al-Rodhan

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This book takes a fascinating look at the role of the Arab-Islamic world in the rise of the West. It examines the cultural transmission of ideas and institutions in a number of key areas, including science, philosophy, humanism, law, finance, commerce, as well as the Arab-Islamic world's overall impact on the Reformation and the Renaissance. Through this survey of cultural exchange and borrowing, the book challenges received Euro-centric narratives of the rise of the West. It also offers a timely and important discussion of the implications of this shared history for contemporary trans-cultural relations. 

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This book takes a fascinating look at the role of the Arab-Islamic world in the rise of the West. It examines the cultural transmission of ideas and institutions in a number of key areas, including science, philosophy, humanism, law, finance, commerce, as well as the Arab-Islamic world's overall impact on the Reformation and the Renais...

Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan is Senior Associate Member of St Antony's College, University of Oxford, UK, and Senior Scholar in Geostrategy and Director of the Geopolitics of Globalisation and Transnational Security Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:September 18, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230393209

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: A THOUSAND YEARS OF AMNESIA

THE ARABS AND THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE

RE-ORIENTING THE REFORMATION? PROLEGOMENA FOR A HISTORY OF THE REFORMATION'S CONNECTION WITH THE ISLAMIC WORLD

THE POSSIBLE CONTRIBUTION OF ISLAMIC LEGAL INSTITUTIONS TO THE EMERGENCE OF A RULE OF LAW AND THE MODERN STATE IN EUROPE

ISLAMIC COMMERCE AND FINANCE IN THE RISE OF THE WEST

SUPPRESSED OR FALSIFIED HISTORY? THE UNTOLD STORY OF ARAB-ISLAMIC RATIONALIST PHILOSOPHY

A FORGOTTEN DEBT: HUMANISM AND EDUCATION, FROM THE ORIENT TO THE WEST.

THE ARABIC-LATIN INTERCULTURAL TRANSMISSION OF SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE IN PRE-MODERN EUROPE: HISTORICAL CONTEXT AND CASE STUDIES

THE WAY FORWARD: IMPLICATIONS FOR CONTEMPORARY TRANS-CULTURAL RELATIONS

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1-'This timely collection both illuminates and reminds us that we are, and have been for a very long time, united through our intertwined histories, interdependence, and shared convictions of the human capacity for reason and of our insatiable thirst for knowledge.'Professor William Granara, Professor of Arabic , Harvard University2- " This very timely and comprehensive historical study [...] is a must read not only for students of the history of civilizations, but also for those interested in understanding and contributing to the building of a peaceful world civilization with universal values that consider differences as enriching and not conflicting."Dr. Nassif Hitti, former Professor of International Relations and Middle East Studies, Arab League Ambassador to France and Permanent Representative to UNESCO3- " Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan has brought together a distinguished group of scholars to offer a new perspective on the often neglected and unacknowledged Arabic-Islamic contributions to contemporary science, civilisation and morality."Professor Charles Burnett, Professor of the History of Islamic Influences in Europe and Co-Director of the Centre for the History of Arabic Studies in Europe at the Warburg Institute, University of London.4- "A clear, concise and erudite historical book by Nayef Al-Rodhan. A must read for anyone interested in the history and future of Europe especially those with Eurocentrist biases."Slimane Zeghidour, Author, Journalist and Chief Editor at TV5 Channel, Paris, France.