Ted Thornton
Bernard Lewis, The Crisis of Islam
Research and Study Guide




Use this guide to choose topics for your Reading Responses and possibly also for your Term Essay.  Use the History of the Middle East Database for basic facts and outlines of events and movements. Some of the more specific topics below are linked to items on the database.  Many links to related topics can be found at Models of Islamic Revivalism. The World Factbook (CIA) can be extremely useful.  See also Benchmarks in Islamic History , The Political and Religious Landscape of the Middle East at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century, History by Region or State, History According to Chronology, and Overview of Islam.  More on Bernard Lewis

Introduction Chapter 5, Satan and the Soviets
Chapter 1, Defining Islam Chapter 6, Double Standards
Chapter 2, The House of War Chapter 7, A Failure of Modernity
Chapter 3, From Crusaders to Imperialists Chapter 8, The Marriage of Saudi Power and Wahhabi Teaching
Chapter 4, Discovering America Chapter 9, The Rise of Terrorism

 

Introduction

Benchmarks in Islamic History Osama bin Laden
Overview of Islam Post 9/11
The Ottoman Period 1991 Gulf War
World War I and Post-Ottoman Period  
Wahhabis and Saudis  

 

 

 

Chapter 1, Defining Islam

Benchmarks in Islamic History High Middle Ages
Overview of Islam The Ottoman Period
Muhammad's Life and Times Organization of Islamic Conference
Islamic Conquests, 7th Century Models of Islamic Revivalism
Early Middle Ages

 

Chapter 2, The House of War

Models of Islamic Revivalism General History of Ottomans and Turkey
Jihad in the Qur'an Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem
The Crusades
Early Ottoman Period
Later Ottoman Period

 

Chapter 3, From Crusaders to Imperialists

The Crusades Ottoman Period
Salah al-Din ("Saladin")

World War I Early Mandate Period

Final Siege of Vienna (1683) Later Mandate Period, World War II
Napoleon Invades Egypt (1798)
European Colonialism in Middle East

 

Chapter 4, Discovering America

Ottoman Period Sayyid Qutb

World War I Early Mandate Period

Models of Islamic Revivalism
Later Mandate Period, World War II Iran's Mossadegh nationalizes oil (1951)
Ba'ath Party Iranian Revolution (1979)
Nasser Period

 

Chapter 5, Satan and the Soviets

Iranian Revolution (1979) Israel and the Arabs
Seizure of Great Mosque, Mecca (1979) Baghdad Pact, 1955
Wahhabis and Saudis Czech Arms Deal, 1955
Azerbaijan Collapse of Soviet Union
Afghanistan

 

Chapter 6, Double Standards

U.S. Policy, 1950s - 1973 U.S. Policy, 2000-2001
U.S. Policy, 1974 - 1989 U.S. Policy, post-9/11-2003
U.S. Policy, early 1990s U.S. Policy from 2003 Invasion of Iraq
U.S. Policy, mid 1990s Siege of Hama, Syria (1982)
U.S. Policy, late 1990s al-Qaeda

 

Chapter 7, A Failure of Modernity

Arab Human Development Report (2002) Arab Human Development Report (2005)

 

Chapter 8, The Marriage of Saudi Power and Wahhabi Teaching

Wahhabis and Saudis
Models of Islamic Revivalism
Muhammad Abd al-Salaam Faraj
 

 

Chapter 9, The Rise of Terrorism

Jihad in the Qur'an Palestine Liberation Organization (1960s)
Salman Rushdie Affair (1989) Hizbullah
Ayatollah Khomeini Islamic Jihad
"Assassins" (eleventh century) Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda
Sunni-Shia Split (seventh century) Interview with a Suicide Bomber
Arab Reactions to Terror (2003)

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