By Jonathan Lyons
Despite the West's growing to be involvement in Muslim societies, conflicts, and cultures, its lack of ability to appreciate or examine the Islamic international threatens any prospect for East–West rapprochement. Impelled by means of a thousand years of anti-Muslim principles and photographs, the West has did not have interaction in any significant or efficient manner with the area of Islam. Formulated within the medieval halls of the Roman Curia and courts of the eu Crusaders and perfected within the newsrooms of Fox information and CNN, this anti-Islamic discourse determines what can and can't be stated approximately Muslims and their faith, trapping the West in a perilous, dead-end politics that it can't afford.
In Islam via Western Eyes, Jonathan Lyons unpacks Western conduct of considering and writing approximately Islam, carrying out a cautious research of the West's grand totalizing narrative throughout 1000 years of heritage. He observes the discourse's corrosive results at the social sciences, together with sociology, politics, philosophy, theology, diplomacy, defense reports, and human rights scholarship. He follows its impression on study, speeches, political process, and govt coverage, combating the West from responding successfully to its most important twenty-first-century demanding situations: the increase of Islamic strength, the emergence of non secular violence, and the turning out to be stress among validated social values and multicultural rights between Muslim immigrant populations.
Through the highbrow "archaeology" of Michel Foucault, Lyons finds the workings of this discourse and its underlying impression on our social, highbrow, and political lives. He then addresses problems with deep challenge to Western readers―Islam and modernity, Islam and violence, and Islam and women―and proposes new methods of considering the Western courting to the Islamic world.