The author's approach embraces the entire Third World, but most of his material comes from the lands of Islam. The subject-reaction to the West's political and cultural dominance, whether by imitation, repudiation, return to native traditions, or by some combination or mixture of those-has spawned an extensive literature, evident in the book's bibliography. Gordon brings it all together, sorts out the key issues and adds some carefully couched views of his own. Loaded with references and statements of other scholars, the book will have particular appeal to an academic audience.
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