New to eBooks. How many copies would you like to buy? Add to Cart Add to Cart. Add to Wishlist Add to Wishlist. Through an historical analysis of the theme of Oriental despotism, Michael Curtis reveals the complex positive and negative interaction between Europe and the Orient. The book also criticizes the misconception that the Orient was the constant victim of Western imperialism and the view that Westerners cannot comment objectively on Eastern and Muslim societies.
The book views the European concept of Oriental despotism as based not on arbitrary prejudicial observation, but rather on perceptions of real processes and behavior in Eastern systems of government. Curtis considers how the concept developed and was expressed in the context of Western political thought and intellectual history, and of the changing realities in the Middle East and India. He takes us back to the greats - Burke and Mill and Marx and Tocqueville and Weber - and throws a floodlight on the present. He has read widely and thoughtfully. From his pages, and from the company of those intellectual giants, we return with a new understanding of the civilizational conflicts that mark our contemporary world.
This is a book of deep scholarship and learning, but it is written with ease and grace. A book of political theory, and of history as well.
An essential book, for it retrieves for us a big piece of Western intellectual history and thought. Michael Curtis draws on a large variety of sources, providing an analysis of their work that is very scholarly indeed. His surprising conclusion is that more often than not the West was the victim of Islamic aggression from the seventh century onwards, and it was not until the nineteenth century that the West became imperialist in its contacts with the Orient.
This very important book illuminates the background of the present struggle between the West and militant Islam and should definitely attract the attention of the modern reader.
I recommend this book in the strongest possible terms because it is both original and timely. Isstaif, Journal of Islamic Studies. This book reveals the complex positive and negative interaction between Europe and the Orient, arguing that the European concept of Oriental despotism was based not on arbitrary prejudicial observation, but rather on perceptions of real processes and behavior in Eastern systems of government. Convert currency. Add to Basket.
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