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Methodists and Muslims

My Life as an Orientalist

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$19.95 • £17.95 • €18.95

ISBN 9780674244672

Publication Date: 07/14/2020


194 pages

6 x 9 inches

4 color photos

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It would take most people many lifetimes to cover the ground that Professor Bulliet has covered, both intellectually and geographically. From his Midwestern roots to his deep Middle Eastern engagement, from the Koran to comic books, a record of a truly unique life and mind.—D. B. Weiss, cocreator of Game of Thrones

Bulliet has a way of connecting the dots that informs, entertains, or even startles on occasion. Who knew that the founding fathers of Wahhibism and Methodism were born in the same year? What does that have to do with the life and education of the author? A lot, as it turns out. Read it. You’ll see.—Gary Sick, author of The October Surprise and moderator of Gulf/2000

Bulliet parallels his own adventures in academe and abroad, with a view from the inside—and the edge—of the entire field of American Middle East Studies from the 1960s to the present. Laced with iconoclastic observations, Bulliet trains his unrelenting sights on that most problematic and enduring descriptor: Orientalist.—Denise A. Spellberg, author of Thomas Jefferson’s Qu’ran: Islam and the Founders

Filled with crisp memories refracted through passionate self-reflection, Bulliet’s narrative journey vividly conveys the quest to understand oneself while thinking deeply yet broadly about others, issues, and the momentous impacts of seemingly localized events. A must-read!—Jamsheed K. Choksy

Richard Bulliet’s passion for academic excellence, combined with his emphasis on ‘diversity and a little bit of craziness,’ is reflective of his unique vision as well as the broader possibilities that refreshingly run counter to conventional historical study.—Nina Ansary, author of Anonymous Is a Woman: A Global Chronicle of Gender Inequality

At its heart Methodists and Muslims is a page-turning story of how a white male, from a Methodist family in Rockford, Illinois, became an Ivy League professor of medieval Islamic history. Writing from the vantage point of retirement, the scars of loss (both personal and professional), and the insatiable curiosity of an eclectic mind, Bulliet challenges the over-determinacy of humanistic ‘models’ like Orientalism by telling us a story—his story.—Anver Emon

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