Europe and Islam

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In this book Franco Cardini examines the ideas, prejudices, disinformation and anti-information that have formed and coloured Europe's attitude towards Islam. Encompassing 2500 years of ideological interchange and armed conflict, he retells the mutual histories of East and West and examines how and why misunderstanding has occurred.

The author focuses primarily on the Islam of the Mediterranean (Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa) with which Europeans came into contact ...

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Overview

In this book Franco Cardini examines the ideas, prejudices, disinformation and anti-information that have formed and coloured Europe's attitude towards Islam. Encompassing 2500 years of ideological interchange and armed conflict, he retells the mutual histories of East and West and examines how and why misunderstanding has occurred.

The author focuses primarily on the Islam of the Mediterranean (Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa) with which Europeans came into contact over a long period, but stresses that Islam should not be treated as homogeneous. The book concludes with a consideration of the role of Islam within Europe today, a role that is growing yet remains contested.

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"This volume covers much ground: Western (mis)understandings of Islam, efforts to refute Islam, and latterly, to study it more objectively. Lucid and subtle ... recommended for undergraduates and above." Choice

"Europe and Islam is one of the titles in Blackwell's fine series the Making of Europe ... this is one of the rare treatments covering the expanse of 1,400 years of Islamic history in a single volume ... a worthy introduction to the topic of contacts between the Western world and Muslims." History: Reviews of New Books

"Europe and Islam is an interesting, readable text. It is perfect for university seminars in that it provides an overview of the history of the Christian-Muslim encounters and is sure to generate discussion and debate. And specialists will want to have a copy on their bookshelves as a reference..." Islam and Christian-Muslim relations

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631197324
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/24/2001
  • Series: Making of Europe Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Franco Cardini is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Florence. he previously taught at the universities of Florence and Bari as well as in Paris, Gottingen, Vienna, Madrid, Barcelona, Turku, Boston, Burlington, Sao Paulo, Jerusalem and Damascus. His publications include Gerusalemme d'oro di rame di luce (1992), Studio sulla storia e sull'idea di crociata (1993), Medioevo al femminile (with F. Bertini, M. T. Fumagalli Beonio Brocchiri and C. Leonardi, 1992). He also edited Constanza la strega di San Miniato (1989).

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Preface
1 A Prophet and Three Continents 1
2 Between Two Millennia 18
3 Europe's Response: The Reconquista and Naval Exploits 36
4 The Role of the Holy City 53
5 Conflict and Encounters in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries 67
6 The Treasure of the Pharaoh 86
7 The Lords of Fear 101
8 'Inimicus crucis, inimicus Europae': The Ottoman Threat 117
9 Renaissance Europe and the Turks 132
10 Sultans, Pirates and Renegades 152
11 The Age of Iron and the Enlightenment 173
12 From the 'Sickness' of the Ottoman Empire to the Third Wave of Islam 196
Chronology 213
Bibliographical Note 225
Index 227
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