The Islamic Middle East: Tradition and Change, 2nd Edition
October 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
Part I: Introduction.
Part II: Preconditions for Egalitarian Individualism.
Part III: State and Society: Prophets, Caliphs, Sultans and Tyrants.
Part IV: Sacred Power: Reciters, Lawyers, Incarnations and Saints.
Part V: Dilemmas of Subordination.
Part VI: Conclusion.
Chronology of Events.
- Claims that much of the Western world shares fundamental values with Middle Eastern cultures and that these similarities have often fueled dispute, but can also provide a basis for dialogue and reconciliation.
- Examines the paradox faced by Moslems who value Islamic ideals of equality for all but who live under regimes which do not uphold such ideals.
- Provides a historical perspective that is vital to understanding the contemporary Middle East
- Reveals the violent consequences of centuries of misunderstanding between Muslim societies and the mainly Judeo-Christian West.
- Discusses how viewing the Middle East from a Western perspective dangerously limits understanding.
"This is a brilliant book, combining historical knowledge and anthropological theory in an elegant and high-powered manner. This is the best introduction to the classical heartland of Islam available, and it will continue to attract both readers and attention." John Hall, McGill University
"[An] eloquent and clearly written book." The Muslim World Book Review