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The Shared Well : A Concise Guide to Relations Between Islam and the West - Robert Van De Weyer

The Shared Well

A Concise Guide to Relations Between Islam and the West

Paperback Published: 1st June 2003
ISBN: 9781574886085
Number Of Pages: 132

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Shocked by the murderous attacks of September 11th, most Americans remain mystified by the causes of the catastrophe. In concise and elegant prose, distinguished scholar Robert Van de Weyer analyzes the troubled history of the West and its relations with the Islamic world. A pastor and author of more than twenty books about comparative religion, world history, and economics, Van de Weyer is an ideal guide for this journey through our inextricably linked past, present, and future. While not diminishing the horror of past conflicts, he reminds us of the countless ways Islamic and Western cultures have enriched each other. He believes that acknowledging and exploring these crucial intellectual, spiritual, and cultural ties can help us move beyond today's hatred. Hopeful about the future, Van de Weyer describes many ways in which the three billion people of the Islamic and Western cultures can unite to build a more prosperous and harmonious world. With clear and profound insights into history, religion, and economics, The Shared Well is an ideal primer for any reader eager to comprehend the past in order to build a better future. 

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"- "The strength of Weyer's book lies in its rehearsal of Islamic-Western relations and its analysis of capitalist globalism. Van de Weyer saliently recognizes the role of shame, as well as the more frequently noted one of moral outrage, in Islamic reaction to economic imperialism." - Booklist

Prefacep. vii
Introduction: Anguished Questionsp. 1
"Why do they hate us?" Islam and the West in conflictp. 7
The Arab Empire
The Crusades
The Ottoman Empire
Western Imperialism
Islamic Militancy
The Legacy
"Is mutual love and respect possible?" Islam and the West in harmonyp. 33
Christian Roots of Islam
Philosophy and Theology
Science, Mathematics, and Medicine
Politics and Law
The Legacy
"What can we do--politically?" The politics of peacep. 55
The Globalization of Goods and Capital
False Assumptions
The Globalization of People and Expertise
Politics after September 11
Toward Political Freedom
"What can we do--religiously?" The religion of peacep. 81
The Globalization of Creeds and Sects
False Assumptions
The Globalization of Wisdom and Symbols
Religion after September 11
Toward Religious Freedom
Conclusion: Freedom to Live in Peacep. 105
Muhammad, Islam, Judaism, and Christianityp. 109
A Guide to Further Readingp. 121
Indexp. 123
The Authorp. 131
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ISBN: 9781574886085
ISBN-10: 1574886088
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 132
Published: 1st June 2003
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.18