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05/07/2017

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Charles N. Steele

Very interesting and useful analysis.

I don't think that this should be called an Islamic Enlightenment. The Enlightenment was an internal development in Western thought. What's described here is a culture shock when one civilization encounters another. These are not the same thing.

I think people react very differently to radical new ideas generated from within their own thought and culture, versus radical new ideas from foreign sources, especially when those foreign ideas suggest the foreign culture is superior in some way... something that can't happen with ideas developed within one's own culture.

I have no conclusion to draw, but I don't think the Islamic world has had an Enlightenment.

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