A Western Response

Nancy Mitford takes a perceptive and ironic look at the reaction of 18th-century French 'society' to the Enlightenment's great philosophe. The author was one of the 'bright young things' who cut a dash in literary society between the wars, but then found more permanent fame through her elegant novels that displayed a sharp observation of class and

I agree with much of what Dr Akbar Ahmed says in his contribution to Cross Current in the last issue of History Today. Points of disagreement are minor and need not be discussed here. In today's world it is certainly important that non-Muslims should be aware of errors and inadequacies in how they perceive Muslims, and that Muslims should be aware of how they are seen by non-Muslims.

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