Perceptions of Islam in the Christendoms: A Historical Survey

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This highly readable history investigates how, starting in the eighth century, Christian theologians and authors laid the foundations of an anti-Islamic tradition that was to shape the relations between the Christian and the Muslim countries right up to the present day. Perceptions of Islam in the Christendoms gives a fascinating account of how Christian dogmas developed, with the theological presuppositions of Christian writers and polemicists combating the new rival faith of Islam. The author focuses on the ...
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Overview

This highly readable history investigates how, starting in the eighth century, Christian theologians and authors laid the foundations of an anti-Islamic tradition that was to shape the relations between the Christian and the Muslim countries right up to the present day. Perceptions of Islam in the Christendoms gives a fascinating account of how Christian dogmas developed, with the theological presuppositions of Christian writers and polemicists combating the new rival faith of Islam. The author focuses on the polemical views against Islam in the Orient and the West extending over a period of thirteen centuries, while at the same time, placing the whole discussion in a wider cultural and political context. This clear and concise book offers a unique overview and insights into the Western approaches to the Islamic world. It clearly shows the nature of the problem thus far in history, and speaks directly to scholars, a wider general audience, and the whole of the Western world.
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  • ISBN-13: 9788256015016
  • Publisher: Solum Forlag
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Pages: 487
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The rise of Christianity 17
2 Challenges of the Christian faith : heresies and schisms 54
3 The pre-Islamic Middle East 83
4 The preaching of Islam 105
5 The Qur'anic view of Christian dogmas 127
6 Polemical encounters with Islam 154
7 Polemic in Byzantium, Muslim Spain and the Catholic West 199
8 The Christian counter-attack 227
9 The impact of the Crusades on Christian-Muslim relations 257
10 Attack for the East : the Mongols 279
11 The changing perspectives on Islam 302
12 The Ottomans and the European response 321
13 The Enlightenment and Islam 351
14 European colonialism and Islam 376
15 Political changes in the twentieth century and Islam 409
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