Beyond Islam: A New Understanding of the Middle East (Library of Modern Middle East Studies) by Sami Zubaida
English | Jan. 15, 2011 | ISBN: 1848850697 | 241 Pages | PDF | 1 MB
In this magisterial work, Sami Zubaida draws on a distinguished career’s worth of experience trying to understand the region to address the fundamental question in Middle East studies: what is the Middle East? He argues, controversially, that to see it through the prism of Islam, as it is conventionally viewed, is to completely misunderstand it. Many of what we think of as the ""Islamic"" characteristics of the region are products of culture and society, not religion.