By Charles Issawi

Charles Issawi's choice of essays, Cross-Cultural Encounters and Conflicts, has been written within the trust examine of the prior encounters and conflicts among the world's significant cultures can make clear their nature and significance. notwithstanding the emphasis is at the heart East, of which Issawi is certainly one of our most efficient students, the themes coated right here variety in scope from the good historical civilizations to Shelley's ardour for the center East, from the disasters of the Greeks as empire developers to the preeminence of English as a global language at the present time. different essays learn both the best way convinced cultures have been shaped, or the results of the direct keep watch over of 1 tradition over one other, or cross-cultural perceptions, such a lot particularly the dramatic switch within the Western belief of the Orient among the eighteenth and 19th centuries.

In this age of multiculturalism, conflicts among the world's cultures became a dominant function of the foreign panorama. this wonderful assortment is a much-needed exploration in their historic nature.

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In A Defence of Poetry (1821, published 1846) he puts it beautifully: The cultivation of those sciences which have enlarged the limits of the empire of man over the external world has for want of the poetical faculty proportionally circumscribed those of the internal world; and man, having enslaved the elements, remains himself a slave. Shelley was a vegetarian and wrote a treatise on that subject. He was a strong feminist, as befitted the husband of Mary Wollstonecraft's daughter. " and his heroine is as strong and dedicated as his hero.

Of course, as in the past, they may own property and inherit their prescribed shares, which are smaller than those of men. Now comes the last question: what are the prospects of these movements? Will the Islamic umma achieve the leadership it believes to be its due? This looks unlikely when one considers the giants hemming it on every side: China, India, and Russia—all of which have large Muslim minorities—and the West, which no longer rules over Muslim lands. " And again, "If the present situation of mankind were to precipitate a 'race war,' Islam might be moved to play her historical role once again.

It is premature to pass judgment on this question. The close connection between religion and culture imprinting is also shown by the examples of the Arab and Indian areas. The main reason why the Arab conquerors were able to spread their language and culture over such a large area—in striking contrast to the Goths, Vandals, Franks, and others and to the Mongols a few centuries later—is that they brought with them a religion that found ready acceptance among their subjects. And Islamicization implied Arabization, since, more than in most faiths, religion and language are inseparable.

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