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Beyond Islam: A New Understanding of the Middle East by Sami Zubaida

By Sami Zubaida

during this magisterial paintings, Sami Zubaida attracts on a distinctive career’s worthy of expertise attempting to comprehend the area to deal with the elemental query in heart East reports: what's the heart East? He argues, controversially, that to work out it in the course of the prism of Islam, because it is conventionally seen, is to totally misunderstand it. a lot of what we predict of because the ‘Islamic’ features of the quarter are items of tradition and society, no longer faith. to think about Islam itself as an important, anti-modern strength within the zone instead of whatever formed by way of particular historical-economic tactics is, Zubaida argues, a mistake. in its place, he bargains us an alternate view of the sector, its old cosmpolitanism, its spiritual and cultural range, its speedy adoption of recent media cultures, which unearths a multi-faceted and complicated quarter teeming with a number of identities. Wide-ranging, erudite and powerfully argued, Zubaida’s paintings might be crucial interpreting for destiny generations of scholars of this interesting region.

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