Thursday, September 20, 2018 |
Department: Archives —
Topic: Civilization —
An Old Book Cures Oversimplification
by Cameron Wybrow
Sometimes an old book can shed some indirect light on a contemporary question. In this case, the old book is Steven Runciman's A History of the Crusades (3 volumes, 1950-1954).
In discussions about Islam and the West today, two extreme opinions often emerge: (1) the "Western guilt" position (all problems with the Islamic world are caused by Western imperialism); and (2) the "West is the best" position (Islam embodies values alien to the West, and therefore not merely . . .
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