[Blueboard] Image of Islam in Western Thought

Remmon E. Barbaza rbarbaza at ateneo.edu
Mon Mar 3 09:04:38 PHT 2008

                            The Department of Philosophy
                                School of Humanities
                      Ateneo de Manila University-Loyola Schools

                             cordially invites you to

                             THE SUM OF ALL HERESIES:

                             a book presentation by

                              Prof. Frederick Quinn
                          Adjunct Professor of History
                           Utah State University, Logan

                         Author the book of the same title
                          Oxford University Press (2007)

                      Tuesday, 4 March 2008, 4:30 - 6:00 PM
                   Faculty Lounge, 3rd Floor, De la Costa Hall
                          Ateneo de Manila University


Current global tensions and the spread of terrorism have resurrected  
in the West a largely negative perception of Islamic society, an ill  
will fueled by centuries of conflict and prejudice. Shedding light on  
the history behind these hostile feelings, Frederick Quinn's timely  
volume traces the Western image of Islam from its earliest days to  
recent times. Quinn establishes four basic themes around which the  
image of Islam gravitates throughout history: the Prophet as  
Antichrist, heretic, and Satan; the Prophet as Fallen Christian,  
corrupted monk, or Arab Lucifer; the prophet as sexual deviant,  
polygamist, and charlatan, and the Prophet as Wise Easterner, Holy  
Person, and dispenser of wisdom. A feature of the book is a strong  
portrayal of Islam in literature, art, music, and popular culture,  
drawing on such sources as Cervantes's Don Quixote; the Orientalism of  
numerous visual artists; the classical music of Monteverdi and Mozart;  
and more recent cultural manifestations, such as music hall artists  
like Peter Dawson and Edith Piaf; and stage or silver screen  
representations like The Garden of Allah, The Sheik, Aladdin, and The  
Battle of Algiers. Quinn argues that an outpouring of positive  
information on basically every aspect of Islamic life has yet to  
vanquish the hostile and malformed ideas from the past. Conflict,  
mistrust, and misunderstanding characterize the Muslim-Christian  
encounter, and growing examples of cooperation are often overshadowed  
by anger and suspicion. In this important book, Quinn highlights  
long-standing historical prejudices but also introduces the reader to  
some of the landmark voices in history that have worked toward a  
greater understanding of Islam.

For inquiries, please contact the Department of Philosophy
Tel/Fax, 426-5665; Tel 426-6001 loc. 5360/61

Remmon E. Barbaza, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Philosophy
Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights
1108 Quezon City


Tel. +63 (2) 426 5665
      +63 (2) 426 6001, loc. 5360
Fax  +63 (2) 426 5665

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