The Muslim Discovery of Europe

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 17, 2001 - History - 352 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

Contents

Preface to the 2001 Paperback Edition
5
Preface
11
I Contact and Impact
17
II The Muslim View of the World
59
III On Language and Translation
71
IV Media and Intermediaries
89
V Muslim Scholarship about the West
135
VI Religion
171
IX Science and Technology
221
X Cultural Life
239
XI Social and Personal
279
XII Conclusions
295
Notes
309
Sources of Illustrations
335
Index
339
Back Cover
351

Perceptions and Contacts
185
VIII Government and Justice
201

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Bernard Lewis (1916—2018), the author or editor of more than two dozen books, was the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Emeritus, at Princeton University.

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