The cross and the crescent: Christianity and Islam from Muhammad to the Reformation
Richard Fletcher is one of todays most renowned medieval historians. In his latest book, he offers a brilliant survey of the relationship between the Islamic and Christian worlds from the seventh to the sixteenth centuries. He shows how, despite long periods of coexistence and overlap, religious misunderstanding between the peoples of the book has been present since their earliest encounters. He argues that though there were fruitful trading and cultural interactions between Islam and Christianity during the period when Arabs controlled most of the Mediterranean world, neither side was remotely interested in the actual religion of the other. Christians portrayed Muslims as bloodthirsty pagans and Muhammad as a false prophet while Islam viewed Christianity as a jumble of sects and conflicting stories.Fletchers lucidity, scholarship, and gift for compression make this one of the most elegant and clear-sighted contributions to its subject for many years. It will appeal to readers of Karen Armstrongs bestselling Islam: A Short Historyand to all readers looking for a better understanding of the Islamic worlds relationship to the West.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Ishmaels Children I
z An Elephant for Charlemagne
4 other sections not shown
Other editions - View all
Abbasid Adelard Adelard of Bath al-Andalus al-Isldm Alfonso antiquity Arabic Aragon Asia Minor attitudes authority Baghdad Battle bishop Byzantine Empire caliphate capture Castile Castilian Chapter Christ Christendom Christian and Muslim Christian communities Church composed conquered conquest Constantinople Cordoba course culture death defeated Digenes Akrites diplomatic early east eastern Egypt eleventh century emir Emperor enemies Europe European example faith Frankish frontier Genoese Gerard of Cremona Granada Greek historians holy Iberian Peninsula Ibid Ibn Hazm imperial intellectual Islamic world Italy Jerusalem John of Damascus King Koran lands later Latin learning London medieval Mediterranean world merchants Middle Ages military monastery Mongols mosque Mozarabic Muhammad Muslim North Africa northern Ottoman Outremer Oxford Palestine Persian Pirenne Pope Prophet Quoted in translation raids religious Roman Empire rule ruler Saracens scholars Seljuk Turks sense Sicily Spain Sultan Syria taifa tenth century thirteenth century Toledo travels twelfth century Umayyad Venetians West western Christendom