Great Confrontation: Europe and Islam through the Centuries

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At first glance the history of relations between Europe and Islam seems to be filled only with armed conflict, victories, and defeats—a record that would confirm the idea of an implacable hostility between two civilizations that has endured for centuries and today manifests itself in the terrorist acts of radical Muslims and their organizations. But an attentive and objective study of this history reveals numerous features of peaceful coexistence, mutual influence, and cooperation. The "fault lines" between the two cultures have been not only battlefields but also marketplaces and other meeting points that have fostered an exchange of goods, cultural values, and ideas. Ilya Gaiduk's The Great Confrontation offers a comparative approach to the long and complex history of relations between Europe and Islam, from the early seventh century to the present day. The book differs from other works in its greater emphasis on Russia as part of European civilization and on Russian relations with Islam. Mr. Gaiduk argues that twentieth-century developments have made "the great confrontation" a phenomenon of the past, that in today's interrelated and interdependent world, lines of division run not between different civilizations but between civilization and the ills that threaten it—poverty, environmental pollution, weapons of mass destruction, and terrorism. The success of the West in combating these ills depends upon the cooperation of different societies and cultures, not their antagonism. Illustrated with engravings and maps.

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Editorial Reviews

Middle East Journal
[Gaiduk] urges intercultural dialogue and cooperation between different peoples.
Gaiduk’s scholarly work offers a view of the past and the present…refreshingly different from the view widely prevalent.
— A.G. Noorani
Hugh Nissenson
A brilliant and hopeful analysis.
Frontline - A.G. Noorani
Gaiduk’s scholarly work offers a view of the past and the present…refreshingly different from the view widely prevalent.
Frontline - A. G. Noorani
Gaiduk’s scholarly work offers a view of the past and the present…refreshingly different from the view widely prevalent.
[Gaiduk] urges intercultural dialogue and cooperation between different peoples...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566635356
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 12/20/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Ilya V. Gaiduk is a Fellow of the Institute of World History in the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. He has also written The Soviet Union and the Vietnam War. He lives in Moscow.

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Table of Contents

1 Setting the Stage 3
2 Islam Confronts Europe 22
3 The European Response 57
4 Religion's Role in the Confrontation 84
5 Europe Ascendant 104
6 Cooperation, Coexistence, and Influence 143
7 Europe and Islam in the Modern World 174
8 The Great Confrontation 204
Notes 209
Index 237
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