Cultural Transitions in the Middle East deals with the interlacing of themes constitutive of traditional cultures and world-views in the Middle East with concepts and outlooks that have originated in the modern Western World. A number of Muslim thinkers who are indigenous products of the Middle East cultural setting have now begun to use some of the forms of modern Western literature and social thought. Conversely, some intellectuals trained in modern secular schools have attempted to reevaluate their Islamic heritage. The papers cover aspects of this subtle interpenetration which has not been explored to date.
Şerif Mardin, Ph.D. (1958) Political Science, Stanford University, is Chair, Islamic Studies, School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C. He has published extensively on modern Ottoman/Turkish intellectual history and religious movements.
'...Cultural Transitions in the Middle East
is a challenging work that sheds light on a complex subject.' B. Saadallah,
Modern Greek Studies Yearbook, 1995. '
Space does not permit us to do full justice to the richness and depth of the scholarly vision that is displayed throughout this suggestive work...All in all, it is an exciting work that is fresh in its outlook, yet deep in analysis and should prove challenging to anyone who is interested in the History of Ideas...' S. Parvez Manzoor,
Muslim World Book Review, 1996.
All those interested in modern Middle East history, government and sociology, as well as scholars in comparative literature and modernization studies.