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What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East

2 Ratings: 4.5
A book by Bernard Lewis

Bernard Lewis is the West's greatest historian and interpreter of the Near East. Books such asThe Middle EastandThe Arabs in Historyare required reading for anybody who hopes to understand the region and its people. Now Lewis offersWhat Went Wrong?, … see full wiki

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Author: Bernard Lewis
Genre: History
Publisher: Harper Perennial
2 reviews about What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam...
review by . May 13, 2009
As many other readers have suggested, this is not Bernard Lewes' best work, and it is a bit of a failure in one important respect: it doesn't answer the rhetorical question from the title. Lewis is much better at describing historic events and finding out insightful and important tidbits of information than he is at deeper analysis. This is quite understandable, since he is a historian of the old school and neither political nor social scientist. Nonetheless, this is a fascinating and interesting …
review by . February 11, 2003
This extremely informative and timely book was written before September 11, 2001, but its contents can give Westerners some fleeting glimpse at the mindset and attitudes of people of the Middle East. Using history, culture, science and medicine, the author gives a brief overview of the Middle East, and how and why coditions there are what they are, after many centuries of superiority. It's a typical scenario of the rise of a civilization that is more advanced in many ways than its neighbors, only …
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