Infidels: A History Of The Conflict Between Christendom And Islam

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Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2005 - History - 447 pages
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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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Infidels: a history of the conflict between Christendom and Islam

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Wheatcroft (director, Centre for Publishing Studies, Univ. of Stirling., U.K.) here traces the cultural antagonism between the Christian and Muslim worlds, particularly in terms of language and ... Read full review

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Not too bad, lacked something though. The crusades section was a bit messy and could have been better written. Nonetheless, it still gives one a good insight to the history of the ongoing conflict between Christendom and Islam. Read full review


Lepanto 1571
First Contact
chapter j AlAndalus
Tlie Jewel of the World
Eternal Spain 1 1 3
chapter y Balkan Ghosts?
Learning to Hate
A Broad Line of Blood
chapter h The Black Art
Mtiledicttr Words or I late
5 The Better Angels of Our Nature 3 2 3
Notes on the Text 3 5 7
To the Holy Land 1 55
nil Select Bibliography

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About the author (2005)

ANDREW WHEATCROFT is the author of many books including The Habsburgs: Embodying Empire, The Ottomans: Dissolving Images, and (with John Keegan) Zones of Conflict: An Atlas of Future Wars. One of the first scholars to use photography in writing the history of the Middle East, he has made art and images a central focus of his work. He is director of the international postgraduate Centre for Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling in Scotland.

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