“… by any means necessary…”

Excerpts from “What Went Wrong?”

Picture below: The cover of the book, What Went Wrong.


Source/From: Lewis, Bernard. What Went Wrong? The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East. 2002.

The following are excerpts from this New York Times Bestseller Book (and New York Times Notable Book). (I’m working on adding more excerpts.)


At the peak of Islamic power… Islam … created a world civilization, polyethnic, multiracial, international, one might even say intercontinental… [Islam] had achieved the highest level so far in human history in the arts and sciences of civilization… scholars and scientists in the Islamic world added an immensely important contribution through their own observations, experiments, and ideas. In most of the arts and sciences of civilization, medieval Europe was a pupil and in a sense a dependent of the Islamic world, relying on Arabic versions even for many otherwise unknown Greek works.” (pp.6-7)


Sunday, January 21, 2007 - Posted by | 200 religion


  1. J:

    Is that the book you were trying to tell me about the other day?!

    * AM *

    Comment by americanmuslim | Sunday, January 21, 2007

  2. Dear AM:

    no, this one wasn’t the book. that one i was trying to think about, i searched the internet for it, but it was kind of hard because, well, silly me, i don’t know exactly what i’m searching for! lol!

    but this book, “what went wrong?? is one that i bought several months ago but never got past the first few pages. finally, yesterday, i got through a good part of it. good stuff. it actually explained a bunch of stuff about iran, and how “persia” and “farsi” (per and far) are derived from the same word, and things like that. naturally, i was thinking of your background when i was reading the parts about iran.

    i’ll add more stuff as i move along in the book.


    Comment by jworld | Sunday, January 21, 2007

  3. Nothing carroginapple + strawberry can’t cure. 😛

    Comment by Takumi | Sunday, January 21, 2007

  4. Dear Takumi:

    mmm… yes, that juice sounds awesome! i was talking to my mom earlier, and i mentioned your juicer and your blog entry about juicing, and i think she even checked out your blog! cool!


    Comment by jworld | Monday, January 22, 2007

  5. al7amdulilah i am a muslim a billion times! J, you need to teach me Arabic language some day dude.

    Comment by HJ | Saturday, February 3, 2007

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