Empires of Islam in Renaissance Historical Thought

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Harvard University Press, 2008 - Business & Economics - 359 pages
Drawing on political oratory, diplomatic correspondence, crusade propaganda, and historical treatises, Meserve shows how research into the origins of Islamic empires sprang from—and contributed to—contemporary debates over the threat of Islamic expansion in the Mediterranean. This groundbreaking book offers new insights into Renaissance humanist scholarship and long-standing European debates over the relationship between Christianity and Islam.
 

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Contents

The Rise and Fall of the Trojan Turks
22
Barbarians at the Gates
65
In Search of the Classical Turks
117
Translations of Empire
155
Wise Men in the East
203
Epilogue
238
The Caspian Gates
249
Abbreviations
257
Notes
259
Acknowledgments
343
Index
347
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Margaret Meserve is Associate Professor of History and Associate Dean for Humanities and Faculty Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.

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