Comparative Civilizations Review

Articles from No. 65, Fall

A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA, and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West
Johnson, Ian, A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA, and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.This is a cautionary work about unanticipated consequences - an issue mat always confronts foreign policy making. In...
Bridging Civilizations through Nothingness: Manchuria as Nishida Kitaro's "Place"
This paper examines the notion of bridging civilizations in Asia, especially in preWar Japan. While the bridge is intended to bring together the East and the West, it inevitably shares an ontological assumption that leads to a confrontational understanding...
Crisis of Islamic Civilization
Ali Allawi, Crisis of Islamic Civilization. Yale University Press, 2009.Ah Allawi' s book is a masterful analysis of the complex theological, political, social, economic, and cultural features of Islam. The theme of the book is rooted in Islamic orthodoxy....
Editor's Note
This is a happy time to be writing the Editor's Note for our journal.The reason: the Comparative Civilizations Review is getting ready to have all of its previous issues placed online. You are now reading Number 65, so expect to see all issues (except...
How Do You Know That? A Guide to Critical Thinking about Global Issues
Laina Farhat-Holzman, How Do You Know That? A Guide to Critical Thinking About Global Issues. The Civilization Press, 2011.This book contains an enormous amount of learning in a deceptively simple format and fluidly written prose. Central to the book's...
Intellectual Curiosity and the Scientiic Revolution-A Global Perspective
Huff, Toby E., Intellectual Curiosity and the Scientiic Revolution - A Global Perspective. Cambridge University Press, 2010.The surprising rise of Europe that began in the 17th century quickly eclipsed the glories of China, India, or the Middle East...
Islamic Civilization and (Western) Modernity
INTRODUCTIONMuch historiography of the last three decades has undermined the sway of Eurocentrism. Though unabashedly Eurocentric histories still become bestsellers,1 revisionists have shown that the ideas and developments that spawned modernity hardly...
On Mass Culture and Civilizational Mediocrity
A number of prominent 19th and 20th century German thinkers held very negative views towards Anglo-American culture, more specifically its mercantile capitalism, its liberal democracy and (and what they perceived to be) its mass culture of mediocrity.This...
Right-Wing Extremists in Europe
Throughout world history, times of rapid change have stirred up antagonisms and paranoid views of either immigrants or minorities. We are witnessing the same phenomenon in Europe today - the latest of which spurred a Norwegian to commit mass murder in...
The 1961 Salzburg Conference and Contemporary Reflections of Its Overarching Themes and Participants
IntroductionChange is constant throughout human history and civilizations rise and fall. What about interest in the comparative study of civilizations? How does that change?A foundational 1961 conference on the comparative study of civilizations was...
The Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World
Glenn R. Bugh, ed., The Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World. Cambridge University Press, 2006.IntroductionThe Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World is a valuable recent compendium that provides fifteen up-to-date survey articles on major...
The Civilization Approach to Education in the 21st Century
ABSTRACTThis investigation presents the Civilization Development Curriculum that should impact almost every kind of higher education and particularly should be practiced in educating leaders of world societies. The justification for this plan comes from...
The Crusades
Hilaire Belloc, The Crusades. New York: Tan Books, 1992Hilaire Belloc was perhaps the foremost popular historian of the first half of the twentieth century. He was extremely prolific and wrote over on a hundred books in his lifetime. They included not...
The Empire of Civilization: The Evolution of an Imperial Idea
Bruce Bowden, The Empire of Civilization: The Evolution of an Imperial Idea. University of Chicago Press, 2009This is a book strong on definitions and bolstered by extensive citation from literature in tiie field. Professor Bowden is from Australia,...
The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West
Tom Holland, The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West. Anchor Books, 2008.One of the most fascinating Medieval centuries was the 11th.The year 1000 was ushered in with near hysteria that this millennium year since the birth...
The Globalization of Parks - Public Trust Resource Protection Worldwide
IntroductionThe idea of state and national park systems is a civilizational movement with a long history to protect and preserve those natural assets that belong to all of the people in a state or country.As the former Chief of Law Enforcement for the...
The Oxford History of Byzantium
Cyril Mango, ed. The Oxford History of Byzantium. Oxford University Press, 2002.I recommend Cyril Mango's edition of the history of the Byzantine Empire. As one might expect, I will allow myself a reservation or two, but all in all, The Oxford History...