Modernity, Religion and Democracy: A Critique of Eurocentrism and Culturalism


Since its first publication twenty years ago, Eurocentrism has become a classic of radical thought. Written by one of the world's foremost political economists, this original and provocative essay takes on one of the great 'ideological deformations' of our time: Eurocentrism.

Rejecting the dominant Eurocentric view of world history, which narrowly and incorrectly posits a progression from the Greek and Roman classical world to Christian feudalism and the European capitalist system, Amin presents a sweeping reinterpretation that emphasises the crucial historical role played by the Arab Islamic world. Throughout the work, Amin addresses a broad set of concerns, ranging from the ideological nature of scholastic metaphysics to the meanings and shortcomings of contemporary Islamic fundamentalism. This second edition contains a new introduction and concluding chapter, both of which make the author's arguments even more compelling.

'Samir Amin's fascinating book on the crucially important subject of Eurocentrism ranges from the spread of Hellenism with the conquest of Alexander the Great to the triumphs of imperialism and transnational capitalism of the 1980s. While essentially thoughtful and analytical, this study is quite rightly informed with outrage against European arrogance and with sympathy for the non-European victims on the periphery of the present system'
Martin Bernal, author of Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization


Title Eurocentrism
Subtitle Modernity, Religion and Democracy: A Critique of Eurocentrism and Culturalism
Edition 2
Author Samir Amin
Translated by Russell Moore, James Membrez
Publisher Pambazuka Press
Imprint Fahamu Books
BISAC Subject Heading HIS001000 HISTORY / Africa
HIS010000 HISTORY / Europe
POL011000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations
BIC Subject Heading JFC Cultural studies
JPS International relations
HBJH African history
HBJD European history
Audience 01 General / trade
Audience Activists, campaigners, NGO-workers, academics, journalists, commentators
Credit Fahamu Ltd
Title First Published 15 August 2010
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: NHH      93 Thema subject category: NHD      93 Thema subject category: JPS      93 Thema subject category: JBCC
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 288 p.
ISBN-10 1-906387-78-8
ISBN-13 978-1-906387-78-5
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781906387785
Related Formats Electronic version available as GTIN-13 - (EAN 13) 9781906387815
Publication Date 15 August 2010
Main content page count 288
Dimensions 140 x 210 cm
Weight 456 gr
List Price £12.95

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