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John Tolan, Henry Laurens, and Gilles Veinstein

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691147055

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691147055.001.0001

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The Age of Reform

The Age of Reform

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(p.295) Chapter 13 The Age of Reform
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Europe and the Islamic World
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John Tolan

Gilles Veinstein

Henry Laurens

, Jane Marie Todd
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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691147055.003.0014

This chapter discusses the reformation of the Muslim state. By the Enlightenment period, the state's survival depended on it, in order to remain within the framework of the European balance of powers, which had become global via the Indian route. Although the need for reforms was a European imperative, given the universalization of its norms, it also corresponded to the needs of the societies being transformed. The chapter thus analyzes the processes under way, what was imposed collectively and forcibly by the great powers, what evolved in synchronism between Europe and the Muslim world (with the two finding similar solutions to similar problems), and what resulted from one side influencing or borrowing from the other.

Keywords:   reforms, reformation, modern state, emancipation, Islam, Christianity

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