CHRISTOPHER de BELLAIGUE at Seattle Public Library
Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY.
Over from his London home, journalist and author Christopher de Bellaigue is here with his most significant work to date, The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times (Liveright/W.W. Norton). This ambitious, sweeping work comes after four other well-received books, all related to places he has lived and written of as a journalist - India, Iran, Turkey.
“A highly original and informative survey of the clashes between Islam and modernity in Istanbul, Cairo, and Tehran in the last two hundred years. Brilliant!” — Orhan Pamuk.
“Christopher de Bellaigue has long been one of our most resourceful and stimulating interpreters of realities veiled by fear and prejudice. In The Islamic Enlightenment, he cuts through the complacent opposition of Islam-versus-modernity to reveal a fascinating world: one in which complex human beings constantly change, improvise, and adjust under the pressures of history. It is the best sort of book for our disordered days: timely, urgent, and illuminating.” — Pankaj Mishra.