Book Review: Islam, Orientalism and Intellectual History Access this article Buy 25,00 € + Tax (if applicable) Rent Modernity and Politics of Exclusion since Ibn Ḫaldūn

Giovanni Vezzani, Mohammad R. Salama

In Oriente ModernoVolume 95, Issue 1-2

As the events and aftermath of 9/11 have shown, the relationship between Islam and the West is deeply troubled. Here Mohammad Salama calls for a new understanding of Islam as a historical condition that has existed in relationship to the West since the seventh century. Salama compares the Arab-Islamic and European traditions of historical thought since the early modern period, focusing on the watershed moments that informed their ideas of intellectual history and perceptions of one another. Islam, Salama argues, has played a major role in enabling and positioning Western historiography at key points, leaving palpable imprints on Islamic historiography in the process. Focusing on Ibn Khaldun, the complexities of orientalism and modernity, and recent European as well as Arab writings on such themes, this book is essential for all those interested in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, Western and Islamic philosophies of history, questions of modernity,  colonial Egypt, as well as the postcolonial conditions of the Arab world

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This project receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 722826.