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

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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.

The story of that strange and dramatic evolution I have endeavoured to tell in the following pages. Considering in turn its various aspects religious, cultural, political, economic, social I have tried to portray their genesis and development, to analyse their character, and to appraise their potency. While making due allowance for local differentiations, the intimate correlation and underlying unity of the various movements have ever been kept in view.

Although the book deals primarily with the Moslem world, it necessarily includes the non Moslem Hindu elements of India. The field covered is thus virtually the entire Near and Middle East. The Far East has not been directly considered, but parallel developments there have been noted and should always be kept in mind.

LOTHROP STODDARD.

CONTENTS

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INTRODUCTION: THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE OLD ISLAMIC WORLD 1

I. THE MOHAMMEDAN REVIVAL 20

II. PAN ISLAMISM 37

III. THE INFLUENCE OF THE WEST 75

IV. POLITICAL CHANGE 110

V. NATIONALISM 132

VI. NATIONALISM IN INDIA 201

VII. ECONOMIC CHANGE 226

VIII. SOCIAL CHANGE 250

IX. SOCIAL UNREST AND BOLSHEVISM 273

CONCLUSION 300

INDEX 301

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THE WORLD OF ISLAM at end of volume

THE NEW WORLD OF ISLAM

"Das Alte stürzt, es ändert sich die Zeit, Und neues Leben blüht aus den Ruinen."

SCHILLER, Wilhelm Tell .

INTRODUCTION

THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE OLD ISLAMIC WORLD

The rise of Islam is perhaps the most amazing event in human history. Springing from a land and a people alike previously negligible, Islam spread within a century over half the earth, shattering great empires, overthrowing long established religions, remoulding the souls of races, and building up a whole new world the world of Islam.

The closer we examine this development the more extraordinary does it appear. The other great religions won their way slowly, by painful struggle, and finally triumphed with the aid of powerful monarchs converted to the new faith... Continue reading book >>




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