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Zachary Lockman's educated and considerate historical past of eu Orientalism and U.S. center East stories, the 'clash of civilizations' debate and America's involvement within the quarter has develop into a hugely advised and favourite textual content because its ebook in 2004. the second one version of Professor Lockman's e-book brings his research modern through contemplating how the examine of the center East has developed within the intervening years, within the context of the U.S. profession of Iraq and the 'global battle on terror'.

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As Southern put it, western chroniclers “knew virtually nothing of Islam as a religion. For them Islam was only one of a large number of enemies threatening Christendom from every direction, and they had no interest in distinguishing the primitive idolatries of Northmen, Slavs, and Magyars from the monotheism of Islam, or the Manichean heresy from that of Mahomet [which is how medieval Europeans usually rendered Muhammad’s name].

Disputes over Christian doctrine also divided the western (Latin, later “Catholic”) and eastern (Greek, or “Orthodox”) churches. Despite many efforts at compromise and reconciliation, and despite agreement on most doctrinal questions, the differences between the western and eastern churches would harden over the centuries and in 1054 they would split into two distinct and hostile In the beginning 17 churches, amidst barrages of mutual recriminations and declarations of anathema. Partisans of the Latin church, for whom high Roman culture and the Latin language remained exemplary, denounced Byzantium and its official Christian church not only as schismatic and deviant from true Christianity but also, from about the tenth century onward, as too “Greek” in a pejorative sense, paralleling older negative images of Asian corruption and decadence.

A final chapter discusses subsequent developments in US Middle East studies, bringing us to the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the US occupation of Iraq in 2003. My chief concern in this part of the book is how different theories, models or modes of interpretation have shaped the kinds of questions scholars have asked about the Middle East or Islam (and therefore what answers they have come up with), the methods and sources they have used, and the meaning they have given to the results of their inquiries.

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