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Eurocentric History


Contemporary History is merely an expression of European Power. Re-writing history to include excluded voices and perspectives is essential to understanding the world we live in. There are THREE MAJOR AREAS of interest.
  1. Revising European History to present a realistic understanding of the sources of European power, instead of the current self-glorifying narrative which is dominant. In particular, this involves replacing the idea of the White Man's Burden by a more realistic explanation of the reasons why Europe colonized the globe. [Countering Eurocentric Narratives]
  2. Bringing in the contributions of other Civilizations to show that all have participated in the creation of human history -- it is not that all significant progress has been solely due to Europeans. This has been developed by Fernand Braudel -- Annales School of HIstory, and his student Immanuel Wallerstein - World Systems Theory, which adds Marxist touch. [Braudel-Wallerstein]
  3. Providing Access to shining lights of Islamic History, to repair damage to self-confidence caused by the Eurocentric idea that all other civilizations were trapped in barbarism, darkness and superstitions until the light of reason first shone in Europe. Showing that the achievements of the Islamic Civilization on the Human Front have never been equalled, even now, in Europe. 
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Essential to overcoming inferiority complex generated by Eurocentric History  May 7, 2016, 1:55 AM Asad Zaman
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How same events can be portrayed as heroic or villianous, depending on where you stand  Jun 28, 2016, 6:06 AM Asad Zaman
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Articles which explain flaws in the Eurocentric ways of looking at the world -- Deconstruction of Eurocentric History  May 7, 2016, 1:51 AM Asad Zaman
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Short newspaper articles on how our knowledge is shaped and distorted by dominant power  May 7, 2016, 1:46 AM Asad Zaman
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How HISTORY is created to support desired narratives, and rides roughshod over facts.  Jun 28, 2016, 6:05 AM Asad Zaman
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How secular thought emerged in response to bloody European reliigous wars, and how it has become rigid and inflexible, after the abandonment of religion by Europe  Jun 28, 2016, 6:04 AM Asad Zaman
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Eurocentric history celebrates the rise of the West and downplays a crucial element of this rise: the loss of morality  Jun 28, 2016, 6:08 AM Asad Zaman
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History can never be objective.  Jun 28, 2016, 6:07 AM Asad Zaman
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Why it is essential to listen to multiple narratives to appreciate 3 dimensional history, and to create tolerance.  Jun 28, 2016, 6:09 AM Asad Zaman