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Problems of Eurocentric Views of History: An Examination of Certain Elementary Views about Colonialism in the Muslim World

Ahsan, Abdullah (2013) Problems of Eurocentric Views of History: An Examination of Certain Elementary Views about Colonialism in the Muslim World. Al-Shajarah , 18 (1). pp. 35-58. ISSN 1394-6870

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Abstract

The 2011 Arab uprising have taken observers by surprise. Many expressed similar bewilderment over three decades ago when a revolutionary wave had shaken Iran. Why are the "pundits" of international politics so confused about the Muslim world? A student of history must ask why "experts" trained in social sciences and humanities have failed to envisage these events. In our opinion this has happened because of the Eurocentric view of history, particularly due to the misreading of the history of colonialism in the Muslim world. This paper examines the European historiography on the subject and explains the root cause problem. It concentrates on two issues: the question of economic exploitation and depence of the Muslim world on colonial powers and the question of Muslim commitment to identity and loyalty in the modern world. On the first question we would argue that Muslim world was made subservient to Europe by coercion and on the second, we wolud demonstrate that unlike Europe, Muslims never abandoned their ummah identity consciousness during and sfter their struggles for nationhood.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 1056/32366
Uncontrolled Keywords: eurocentric view, Muslim world, colonialism
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC)
Depositing User: Abdullah al-Ahsan
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2014 08:23
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2014 16:08
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/32366

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