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Debates on Civilization in the Muslim World
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Debates on Civilization in the Muslim World: Critical Perspectives on Islam and Modernity

Lutfi Sunar

Abstract

Since its birth as a concept, civilization has been defined by an encounter with the ‘other’. Barbarism, the ever-ready counter concept, has provided civilization with its raison d'être—that of exerting violence upon other societies to ‘civilize’ them. Enlightenment thinkers defined civilization as an opponent of nature, while science and technology, tools with which nature was to be conquered, became one of the basic indicators of development. Thus was formed the unbroken tie between civilization and science. In the Muslim world, civilization became a synonym for modernization, a lifestyle im ... More

Keywords: modernity, civilization, Islam, culture, ethnocentrism, multiculturalism, social theory, West, non-Western

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199466887
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199466887.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lutfi Sunar, editor
Assistant professor at Istanbul University Department of Sociology.

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