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Zachary Lockman's book offers a broad survey of the development of Western knowledge about Islam and the Middle East. Beginning with ancient Greek and Roman conceptions of the world, Lockman goes on to discuss European ideas about Islam from its emergence in the seventh century, with particular attention to the age of European imperialism, the era of deepening American involvement in this region, and the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Along the way, he explores how scholars and others in the West have studied and depicted Islam and the Middle East, focusing on the politics and controversies that have shaped Middle East studies in the United States over the past half century, including the debates over Said's influential critique, Orientalism. His book relates many of today's critical issues, including Muslim extremism, terrorism and United States policy in the Middle East, to their broader historical and political contexts. Zachary Lockman is Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and History at New York University and a member of the American Historical Association. He has been a Guggenheim fellow and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars fellow. His work includes Comrades and Enemies (University of California Press, 1996), Workers and Working Classes in the Middle East, ed. (SUNY Press, 1993) and Workers on the Nile (Princeton, 1987).
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Western perceptions of Islam are often rooted in prejudice. In a sometimes disquieting analysis, Lockman explores the origins of that prejudice. Central to his analysis are the intellectual trends which have shaped the study of Islam and the Middle East since the World War Two. Here he considers Said's Orientalism, and debates about Muslim extremism and 'the clash of civilizations' as exemplified, so shockingly, in the events of 9/11. Lockman's writing is clear-sighted and accessible. His book demonstrates the importance of history for understanding a people and its civilization.About the Author:
Zachary Lockman teaches modern Middle Eastern history at New York University. His work has focused on Egypt, Palestine and Israel, and his publications include Comrades and Enemies: Arab and Jewish Workers in Palestine, 1906-1948 (1996).
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Book Description Cambridge University Press, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0521620805
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0521620805