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These books from the Commandant's Reading List provide regional and cultural information useful for our troops who are, or are soon to be, deployed. Topics covered include Islam, the Middle East, South Asia, North Korea, and Muslim Africa
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What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East
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What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East
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Commandant's Reading List
Regional and Cultural Studies
208 Pages
Harper Perennial Trade Paperback
Published January 7, 2003

For centuries, the world of Islam was in the forefront of human achievement -- the foremost military and economic power in the world, the leader in the arts and sciences of civilization. Christian Europe was seen as an outer darkness of barbarism and unbelief from which there was nothing to learn or to fear. And then everything changed. The West won victory after victory, first on the battlefield and then in the marketplace.

In this elegantly written volume, Bernard Lewis, a renowned authority an Islamic affairs, examines the anguished reaction of the Islamic world as it tried to make sense of how it had been overtaken, overshadowed, and dominated by the West. In a fascinating portrait of a culture in turmoil, Lewis shows how the Middle East turned its attention to understanding European weaponry, industry, government, education, and culture. He also describes how some Middle Easterners fastened blame on a series of scapegoats, while others asked not "Who did this to us?" but rather "Where did we go wrong?"

With a new Afterword that addresses September 11 and its aftermath, What Went Wrong? is an urgent, accessible book that no one who is concerned with contemporary affairs will want to miss.

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