This book examines the central aspects of modernity and the underlying factors at work in the process of modernization. It begins by examining Western modernity and then uses the insight gained from this examination to study the implications of Western modernity for non-Western societies. The author also attempts to demonstrate the inadequacy of the functional approach for understanding the process of modernization in non-Western regions.
Louay M. Safi teaches in the Political Science Department at the International Islamic University in Malaysia.
Chapter 1 Preface; Introduction Chapter 2 Understanding Modernization: Modernization Theory; The Marxian Model of Development; The Weberian Model of Development; The Eclipse of Substantive Rationality; The Quest for Order; The Modernization of the Arab World: Prelude; Voices of Reform