What Went Wrong?

What Went Unsuitable?: The Conflict Between Islam and Modernity within the Center East is a e-book by Bernard Lewis launched in January 2002, shortly after the September 11 terrorist assault, however written shortly earlier than. The nucleus of this e-book appeared as an article printed in The Atlantic Month-to-month in January 2002.

The e-book’s thesis is that all through current historical past, particularly starting with the failure of the second Ottoman siege of Vienna in 1683, the Islamic world has didn’t modernize or to maintain tempo with the Western world in quite a lot of respects, and that this failure has been seen by many throughout the Islamic world as having allowed Western powers to amass a disastrous place of dominance over these areas.

See additionally

  • Islam and modernity

  • The unique article (Summary plus first two paragraphs)
  • Description by the Oxford College Press
  • What Is Unsuitable with What Went Unsuitable? by Adam Sabra, affiliate professor of Center East historical past on the College of Georgia
  • E-book overview by M. Shahid Alam, professor of economics at Northeastern College (A extra full model of this essay, with footnotes and references, has appeared in Research in Modern Islam 4 (2002), 1:51-78)
  • Ismail Küpeli: Was ging schief beim ‘Untergang des Morgenlandes’? Eine exemplarische Sichtung der Geschichtsdarstellung von Bernard Lewis. München, 2007, ISBN 978-3-638-75457-6 (Crucial e-book about “What Went Unsuitable” in German)
  • Booknotes interview with Lewis on What Went Unsuitable?, December 30, 2001.


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