A History of Christian-Muslim Relations

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2000 - Religion - 212 pages
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The relationship between the Christian and Muslim worlds has been a long and tortuous one. Over the course of the centuries the balance of power has swung in pendulum fashion at times the initiative seems to have lain with the Muslim community, with the Christian world simply being compelled to react to developments outside itself, while at other points the opposite has been true and Muslims have found themselves having to respond to Christian challenges in different forms. Today Christians and Muslims comprise the world's two largest religious communities. Although they can coexist fairly peacefully, at times they still engage in violent confrontation, such as in the recent conflicts in Bosnia and the Sudan. This book investigates the history of the relationships between Christians and Muslims over the centuries, from their initial encounters in the medieval period, when the Muslims were the dominant group, through to the modern period, when the balance of power seems to have been reversed. This much-needed overview of the Christian-Muslim encounter places the emphasis on the context within which perceptions and attitudes were worked out and provides a depth of historical insight to the complexities of current Christian-Muslim interactions on different continents."
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Christian Background to the Coming of Islam
5
2 The Islamic Impact
19
3 The First Age of ChristianMuslim Interaction c 8301215
34
Confrontation or Interaction in the East?
50
The Christian and Muslim Worlds c 830215
51
Confrontation or Interaction in the West?
79
Mission and Imperialism?
109
7 New Thinking in the 19th113th and 20th14th Centuries
142
8 Dialogue or Confrontation?
177
The Christian and Muslim Worlds Today
178
Bibliography
199
Index
201
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Hugh Goddard is reader in Islamic theology at the University of Nottingham and author of Christians and Muslims: From Double Standards to Mutual Understanding and Muslim Perceptions of Christianity.

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