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A Metahistory of the Clash of Civilisations: Us and Them Beyond Orientalism

Arshin Adib-Moghaddam


The book presents a history of the idea of the “Clash of Civilisations” with particular reference to the myth of an inevitable confrontation between Islam and the West. It delves into history all the way back to the wars between Persia and Greece, the Crusades, Colonialism and the Enlightenment and brings this analysis forward to the contemporary “war on terror”. The book dismisses the idea that there has ever existed a clash of civilisations and critically engages with the political thoughts of eastern and western thinkers to that end. The study demonstrates a) the discontinuities between “Is ... More

Keywords: Islam, Enlightenment, Orientalism, Clash of Civilisations, critical theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199333523
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333523.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, author
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

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