Europe and the Eastern Other: Comparative Perspectives on Politics, Religion and Culture before the Enlightenment

Europe and the Eastern Other: Comparative Perspectives on Politics, Religion and Culture before the Enlightenment

By: Hassan Bashir (author)Paperback

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Europe and the Eastern Other critically evaluates and supports the argument for adopting an intercultural or comparative approach in western political theory. Hassan Bashir examines the encounters between Europeans and their eastern others before the European Enlightenment and illustrates that the West's cultural others have played a foundational role in developing a distinct western cultural self-understanding. This analysis includes records of eyewitness accounts of European visitors in Eastern lands during the medieval and early modern periods, including William of Rubruck's account of the Mongol lands in mid-thirteenth century, observations of the first Jesuit mission in the court of Mughal Indian emperor Akbar the Great, and circumstances in late Ming China as recorded in the journals of Jesuit missionary and scholar Matteo Ricci. This work illustrates the dynamism and complexity involved in an inter-cultural encounter and highlights the fact that cultural self-understanding is often deeply rooted in how we understand our cultural others.

About Author

Hassan Bashir is assistant professor of political science at Texas A&M University's campus in Doha, Qatar.


Chapter 1: Introduction: Towards a more Inclusive Discipline of Political Theory Chapter 2: Between Euro-Centrism and Euro-Denial: The case for Comparative Political Theory Chapter 3: "No People and a Foolish Nation": The Thirteenth Century Mongol Empire Through Western Eyes Chapter 4: "Wise men of the Franks": Jesuit Missionaries at the Court of Indian Emperor Akbar the Great Chapter 5: "Delusions of Celestial Perfection": The Encounter between Jesuit Missionaries and the Chinese Literati in Early Modern China Chapter 6: Conclusions: Otherness, Canonicity and Comparative Political Theory

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  • ISBN13: 9780739197332
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 166
  • ID: 9780739197332
  • weight: 231
  • ISBN10: 0739197339

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