Sea of Faith: Islam and Christianity in the Medieval Mediterranean World

Sea of Faith: Islam and Christianity in the Medieval Mediterranean World

by Stephen O'Shea
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0802715176

ISBN-13: 9780802715173

Pub. Date: 05/28/2007

Publisher: Walker & Company

The long shared history of Christianity and Islam began, shortly after Islam emeregd in the early seventh century A.D., with a question: Who would inherit the Geco-Roman world of the Mediterranean? Spung from the same source - Abraham and the Revelation given to the Jews - the two faiths played out over the course of the next millenium what historian Stephen

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The long shared history of Christianity and Islam began, shortly after Islam emeregd in the early seventh century A.D., with a question: Who would inherit the Geco-Roman world of the Mediterranean? Spung from the same source - Abraham and the Revelation given to the Jews - the two faiths played out over the course of the next millenium what historian Stephen O'Shea calls "sibling rivalry write very large." Their cataclysmic clashes on the battlefield were balanced by long periods of coexistence and mutual enrichment, and by the end of the sixteenth century the religious boundaries of the modern world were drawn.

In Sea of Faith, O'Shea chronicles both the meeting of minds and the collisions of armies that marked the interaction of the Cross and Crescent in the Middle Ages - the better to understand their apparently intractable conflict today. For all the great and everlasting moments of cultural interchange and tolerance - in Cordoba, Palermo, Canstantinople - the ultimate "geography of belief" was decided on the battlefield. O'Shea vividly recounts seven pivotal battle between the forces of Christianity and Islam that shaped the Mediterranean world - from the loss of the Christian Middle East to the Muslims at Yarmuk (Syria) in 636 to the stemming of the seemingly unstoppable Ottoman tide at Malta in 1565.

In between, the battles raged around the Mediterranean, from distant Poitiers in France and Hattin in the Holy Land during the height of the Crusades to the famed contest for Constantinople in 1453 that signaled the end of Byzantium. As much of the armies were motivated by belief, their exploits were inspired by leaders such as Charles Martel, Saladin, and Mehmet II, whose stirring feats were sometimes accompanied by unexpected changes of heart.

As with his widely praised previous books, The Perfect Heresy and Back to the Front, Stephen O'Shea narrates history on the ground, having visited each of the battle sites and many others around the Mediterranean. Blending a scholar's authority with his sonsummate skills as a Narrator, he shines light on the distant past, offering timely and thought-provoking perspective on today's headlines.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802715173
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.42(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents


Notes on Usage     xi
Introduction     1
Yarmuk 636     19
Poitiers 732     48
Cordoba     78
Manzikert 1071     102
Palermo and Toledo     130
Hattin 1187     158
Las Navas de Tolosa 1212     205
The Sea of Faith     231
Constantinople 1453 and Kostantiniyye     253
Malta 1565     286
Epilogue     311
Glossary     315
People of the Sea of Faith     319
Select Timeline     327
Notes     331
Bibliography     385
Acknowledgments     395
Index     399

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