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Immanuel Wallerstein

A Scholar Open to the World

[Janet Abu-Lughod's book Before European Hegemony: The World System A.D. 1250-1350]

Janet Abu-Lughod was a remarkable woman whom I had the privilege of knowing over a long period of time. A person of enormous intellectual curiosity, she approached the task of learning with an openness that was admirable. Throughout her scholarly life, she listened to her interlocutors and wrestled with all the debatable issues. She and I had some disagreements, which will become evident in reading the review I wrote of her most important work (below). But the agreements far ...

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Immanuel Wallerstein

Immanuel Wallerstein is Senior Research Scholar at Yale University. He is the author of The Modern World-System, and most recently, European Universalism: The Rhetoric of Power. He was the director of the Fernand Braudel Center (1976­2005), president of the International Sociological Association (1994­1998), and chair of the international Gulbenkian Commission for the Restructuring of the Social Sciences, whose report is Open the Social Sciences.