Infidels: A History Of The Conflict Between Christendom And Islam
Here is the first panoptic history of the long struggle between the Christian West and Islam.
In this dazzlingly written, acutely nuanced account, Andrew Wheatcroft tracks a deep fault line of animosity between civilizations. He begins with a stunning account of the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, then turns to the main zones of conflict: Spain, from which the descendants of the Moors were eventually expelled; the Middle East, where Crusaders and Muslims clashed for years; and the Balkans, where distant memories spurred atrocities even into the twentieth century. Throughout, Wheatcroft delves beneath stereotypes, looking incisively at how images, ideas, language, and technology (from the printing press to the Internet), as well as politics, religion, and conquest, have allowed each side to demonize the other, revive old grievances, and fuel across centuries a seemingly unquenchable enmity. Finally, Wheatcroft tells how this fraught history led to our present maelstrom. We cannot, he argues, come to terms with today’s perplexing animosities without confronting this dark past.
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Unusual combination of narrative history and cultural analysis. Covers the battle of Lepanto, Al-Andalus, the crusades and the Ottoman Balkans. Discusses the ways in which contemporaneous propaganda has shaped historical conceptions.
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A very subjective work. A lot of cherry picking and complete omissions of historical Islamic malfeasance; no mention of the millions of Europeans enslaved during al Andalus, nor any mention of the ...
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Tlie Jewel of the World
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chapter y Balkan Ghosts?
Learning to Hate
A Broad Line of Blood
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Infidels: A History of the Conflict Between Christendom and Islam
Limited preview - 2004