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Cross-Cultural Encounters and Conflicts$
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Charles Issawi

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195118131

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195118131.001.0001

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(p.3) Introduction
Cross-Cultural Encounters and Conflicts

Charles Issawi

Oxford University Press

The book is concerned with the way how some of the major cultures of the world have perceived and interacted with each other in the course of the last 2,000 years. The author has been interested in this subject for many years due to his family background (Westernized, Christian, Syrian, and multilingual), scholastic background (educated in foreign schools), and his service in the United Nations Secretariat in New York. The different chapters in the book reflect his thinking on the subject for the past fifteen to twenty years. This chapter further gives a short discussion on the ideas presented in each chapter of the book. The chapters looks at topics which range from a clash of cultures, the main language groups, views on foreign culture, the Ottoman Empire, Western Europe, world languages, and the West's perception of the Orient.

Keywords:   culture, language, Ottoman Empire, United Nations, foreign culture, perception, Orient

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