…the author provides a searing critique of both postmodernism and (multi)culturalism and of the radical Islamism that has arisen over the past 30 years in response to the Western onslaught on the Muslim world. … it is to recognise, as Al-Azmeh demands we do, the importance of history, of fixing our eyes on its sweep and the social and economic forces shaping it.
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Aziz Al-Azmeh is Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Humanities Center, Central European University, Budapest and Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, Budapest. His other works include Ibn Khaldûn: An Essay in Reinterpretation and The Times of History: Universal Topics in Islamic Historiography.