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The New World of Islam   By: (1883-1950)

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Lothrop Stoddard's "The New World of Islam" is a captivating and informative exploration of the Islamic world in the early 20th century. In this thought-provoking book, Stoddard delves into the religious, cultural, and political aspects of the Muslim societies, shedding light on their historical development and the challenges they face in the modern era.

One of the book's strengths lies in Stoddard's ability to weave together historical analysis and sociological observations, providing readers with a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted nature of Islam. He examines the origins of the religion, exploring its evolution from its inception in the Arabian Peninsula to its expansion across various continents. Stoddard also highlights the diversity within the Islamic world, acknowledging the differences in beliefs, practices, and social structures that exist among Muslim communities.

"The New World of Islam" also delves into the geopolitical and social dynamics that shaped the Muslim world during the early 20th century. Stoddard explores the impact of colonization on Muslim societies, both in terms of the erosion of traditional values and the rise of nationalist movements. His analysis of the interplay between colonial powers and Islamic countries provides valuable insights into the complexities of this historical period.

Moreover, Stoddard offers a balanced assessment of Islamic reform movements, examining the tensions between modernization and adherence to traditional values. He discusses the various responses to Western influence within the Islamic world, from the rise of religious fundamentalism to the more progressive movements seeking to reconcile Islam with modernity. Stoddard's nuanced exploration of these dynamics adds depth to his portrayal of the Islamic world and dispels common misconceptions.

While Stoddard's discussions are grounded in historical research and sociological analysis, some readers may find the book's style to be somewhat dated. Its prose can be dense at times, making it a more challenging read for those not well-versed in the subject matter. Additionally, as "The New World of Islam" was published in the 1920s, some of the geopolitical information and observations may not align with the present-day reality of the Islamic world. Despite these minor drawbacks, the book remains a valuable resource for scholars, students, and those interested in gaining a deeper understanding of Islam.

Overall, Lothrop Stoddard's "The New World of Islam" is a comprehensive exploration of the Islamic world, offering readers valuable insights into its rich historical, cultural, and political tapestry. By delving into the complexities of Islam and its diverse communities, Stoddard deftly challenges stereotypes and provides an engaging narrative that remains relevant to this day.

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THE NEW WORLD OF ISLAM

BY

LATHROP STODDARD, A.M., PH.D. (Harv.)

AUTHOR OF: THE RISING TIDE OF COLOUR, THE STAKES OF THE WAR, PRESENT DAY EUROPE: ITS NATIONAL STATES OF MIND, THE TRENCH REVOLUTION IN SAN DOMINGO, ETC.

WITH MAP

SECOND IMPRESSION

LONDON

CHAPMAN AND HALL, LTD.

1922 PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN BY RICHARD CLAY & SONS LIMITED. BUNGAY, SUFFOLK

PREFACE

The entire world of Islam is to day in profound ferment. From Morocco to China and from Turkestan to the Congo, the 250,000,000 followers of the Prophet Mohammed are stirring to new ideas, new impulses, new aspirations. A gigantic transformation is taking place whose results must affect all mankind.

This transformation was greatly stimulated by the late war. But it began long before. More than a hundred years ago the seeds were sown, and ever since then it has been evolving; at first slowly and obscurely; later more rapidly and perceptibly; until to day, under the stimulus of Armageddon, it has burst into sudden and startling bloom... Continue reading book >>




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