Islam at the Gates: How Christendom Defeated the Ottoman Turks

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Historian Diane Moczar (author of Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know) pulls back the curtain on one of the most important acts in the drama of Muslim aggression against the West: the 500-year-long siege of Europe by the Ottoman Turks.

Tracing the rise of the Turkish people from wandering Asian tribe to mighty pan-continental empire, Islam at the Gates chronicles the heroes and villains, the battles and atrocities, the tragic errors and timely miracles, that marked the ...

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Overview

Historian Diane Moczar (author of Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know) pulls back the curtain on one of the most important acts in the drama of Muslim aggression against the West: the 500-year-long siege of Europe by the Ottoman Turks.

Tracing the rise of the Turkish people from wandering Asian tribe to mighty pan-continental empire, Islam at the Gates chronicles the heroes and villains, the battles and atrocities, the tragic errors and timely miracles, that marked the Ottomans' incursions from Europe's borders to the very heart of Christendom; and then, by the grace of God, their eventual repulsion and final defeat. In these pages you'll encounter: The bold sultans, timid emperors, and vile traitors who aided the Turkish advance - and the popes who tirelessly preached Crusade against it, Brave saints who rallied Christian forces against the invaders - including the hardy warrior-monk who died in battle at the age of sixty-one, The island fortress whose ragtag defenders continually thwarted superior numbers of Ottoman attackers - defying even the great sultan Suleiman, The suffering of millions of Christian families in occupied lands - their children kidnapped and forced into Muslim armies and harems, Folk heroes from the Balkan hills who rose up against their Ottoman overlords - and whose guerrilla tactics inspired their people, The tragic fall of Constantinople, seat of Eastern Christianity - its people slaughtered, its treasures plundered, its sacred places befouled, Europe's pivotal, improbable pair of victories at Lepanto and Vienna - and the defeat of the last great Turkish offensive on September 11, 1697.

Solid history and dramatic narrative make Islam at the Gates amoving look at Europe's long struggle against the Turks. But the author's shrewd Catholic outlook also makes it an edifying one. Had these events unfolded just a little differently, Christian civilization might have been conquered by the sword of Allah. If we fail to learn the lessons of history, Dr. Moczar warns, the West may yet fall.

About the Author:
Diane Moczar, D. Arts, teaches history at Northern Virginia Community College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933184258
  • Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 243
  • Sales rank: 746,384
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Prologue. Muslim Aggression: A Drama in Five Acts     3
The Ottomans Come on the Scene     23
Ottoman Success in the Fifteenth Century     43
The City Falls and the Heroes Die     63
The Suffering of the Balkans     83
Albania, Rhodes, Otranto     107
A Semi-Peaceful Interlude     123
Jihad at Sea     135
Hungary's Passion     159
The Anti-Jihad Victorious: Lepanto to Vienna and After     185
Islam at the Gates Once More     215
Select Bibliography     227
Index     237
Biographical Note     245
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