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Lost in the Sacred:
Why the Muslim World Stood Still
Dan Diner
Translated by Steven Rendall

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface ix
Introduction 1

Chapter 1: KNOWLEDGE AND DEVELOPMENT
The State of the Arab World 11
"Orientalism" and Its Adversaries
Rifa'ah at-Tahtawi and the Arab Human Development Report
Language and Social Lifeworlds
Knowledge and Technology
Freedom and Prosperity
Power and Benefit
Military and Politics
Mehmed Ali and Gamal Abdel Nasser
Ground Rent and Productivity
Oil Wealth and Stasis

Chapter 2: GEOPOLITICS AND RELIGIOUS ZEAL
Radicalization in the Muslim East 38
Between Palestine and Kashmir
Cold War and Decolonization
England and Russia
Gladstone and Disraeli
Caliphate and Pan-Islam
Kemal Pasha and Enver Pasha
Hindus and Muslims
Colonialism and Alienation
Arabism and Islamism
Mawdudi and Sayyid Qutb
Political Th eology and Civil War

Chapter 3: TEXT AND SPEECH
The Rejection of the Printing Press 69
One God, One Book
Mechanical Reproduction and Profanation
Consonants and Vowels
Arabic and Hebrew
Baruch Spinoza and Walter Benjamin
Romanization and Secularization
Recitation and Reading
Literacy and Diglossia
Fusha and Ammiya

Chapter 4: RISE AND DECLINE
Ottoman Perplexities in the Early Modern Period 96
Europe and Asia
Ottomans and the New World
Gold and Silver
Piri Reis and Selim I
Mamluks and Venetians
ThePrice Revolution and Mercantilism
Janissaries and Bureaucrats
Merchants and Craftsmen
Inflation and Rebellion
Stasis or Crisis
Mustafa Ali and Katip Çelebi

Chapter 5: POLITICAL POWER AND ECONOMIC BENEFIT
Muslim Social Environment in the Classical Age 126
Desert and Steppe
Tribute and Tax
Central Power and Urban Culture
Umayyads and Abbasids
Mercenaries and Traders
Polis and Medina
"Public" and "Private"
Benefices and Capital
Labor and Property
Time and Liturgy
Ethics and Morals
Sacred and Profane

Chapter 6: HISTORICAL THOUGHT AND DIVINE LAW
Converting Sacred into Profane Time 153
Acceleration or Deceleration
Law and History
Cyclical versus Linear Time
Ibn Khaldun and Giambattista Vico
Past Utopias and Future Worlds
Islam and Judaism
Leo Strauss and Moses Maimonides
Dual Law and Dual Time
Muhammad Asad and Moses Mendelssohn
Law of the Land and Secularization

Notes 181
Index of Proper Names 211

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