The Muslim Discovery of Europe

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 17, 2001 - History - 350 pages

"Full of rare and exact information…A distinguished work." —New York Review of Books

The eleventh-century Muslim world was a great civilization while Europe lay slumbering in the Dark Ages. Slowly, inevitably, Europe and Islam came together, through trade and war, crusade and diplomacy. The ebb and flow between these two worlds for seven hundred years, illuminated here by a brilliant historian, is one of the great sagas of world history.

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A leading Orientalist examines Muslim perceptions of Europe from the Arab conquests through the Napoleonic invasion of Egypt, some 1200 years—and, in the aggregate, condemns Muslims for failing to ... Read full review

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In 2002 Bernard Lewis wrote "What Went Wrong," a question directed by the Islamic community to itself, trying to figure out how the Islamic world found itself lagging so far behind the West in so many ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Bernard Lewis is Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Emeritus, at Princeton University.

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