Europe and the Islamic World: A History

Europe and the Islamic World: A History

by John Tolan, Henry Laurens, Gilles Veinstein
     
 

"This penetrating and nuanced study by three French scholars should finally lay to rest simplistic and superficial notions about an age-old 'clash of civilizations' between the Islamic and Western worlds. For all the ways that clerics on opposite sides tried to uphold Manichaean distinctions between believers and infidels, the real story is a much more complex one

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"This penetrating and nuanced study by three French scholars should finally lay to rest simplistic and superficial notions about an age-old 'clash of civilizations' between the Islamic and Western worlds. For all the ways that clerics on opposite sides tried to uphold Manichaean distinctions between believers and infidels, the real story is a much more complex one of shared human values, vigorous commercial trading, invented or reinvented traditions, and mutual cultural penetration within a mosaic of political rivalries, with religious rhetoric used both to legitimize power and mobilize resistance. This important book, which sets the scene for urgent contemporary issues, should be necessary reading for anyone seriously interested in global affairs."--Malise Ruthven, author of Islam in the World

"Europe and the Islamic World makes for an interesting and sometimes provocative volume. In this erudite book, three distinguished scholars give their unique perspectives on Muslim-European political encounters, cultural exchanges, representations, and interactions. Their argument is that these encounters have been many, diverse, and ongoing. Europe and the Islamic World informs--and large parts of it entertain."--Virginia H. Aksan, author of Ottomans and Europeans: Contacts and Conflicts

"Many Americans and Europeans take it for granted that the West and Islam are at war and always have been. Tolan, Veinstein, and Laurens argue that we are part of the same civilization, for all the violence and conflict over the centuries. Europe and the Islamic World is a book of great learning and great passion."--Mark Gregory Pegg, author of The Corruption of Angels: The Great Inquisition of 1245-1246

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691147055
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/04/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
725,562
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by John L. Esposito vii

General Introduction 1

Part I: Saracens and Ifranj: Rivalries,Emulation, and Convergences

By John Tolan

  • 1. The Geographers' World: From Arabia Felix to the Balad al-Ifranj
    (Land of the Franks) 11
  • 2. Conquest and Its Justifications: Jihad, Crusade, Reconquista 27
  • 3. The Social Inferiority of Religious Minorities: Dhimmis and Mudejars 49
  • 4. In Search of Egyptian Gold: Traders in the Mediterranean 70
  • 5. On the Shoulders of Giants: Transmission and Exchange of Knowledge 87

Part II: The Great Turk and Europe

By Gilles Veinstein

  • Introduction to Part II: Continuity and Change in Geopolitics 111
  • 6. The Ottoman Conquest in Europe 120
  • 7. Ottoman Europe: An Ancient Fracture 149
  • 8. Antagonistic Figures 163
  • 9. The Islamic-Christian Border in Europe 186
  • 10. Breaches in the Conflict 206

Part III: Europe and the Muslim World in the Contemporary Period

By Henry Laurens

  • Introduction to Part III 257
  • 11. The Eighteenth Century as Turning Point 259
  • 12. Civilization or Conquest? 277
  • 13. The Age of Reform 295
  • 14. The Age of Empire 322
  • 15. The First Blows to European Domination 338
  • 16. The Great War and the Beginning of Emancipation 360
  • 17. Contemporary Issues 387

Notes 405

Selected Bibliography 439

Index 445

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