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Cross and the Crescent: The Dramatic Story of the Earliest Encounters Between Christians and Muslims / Edition 1

Cross and the Crescent: The Dramatic Story of the Earliest Encounters Between Christians and Muslims / Edition 1

by Richard Fletcher
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In this concise and readable history that couldn't be more timely, award-winning historian Richard Fletcher chronicles the relationship between Islam and Christianity from the time of Muhammad to the Reformation. With lucidity and sound scholarship, Fletcher demonstrates that though there were fruitful trading and cultural interactions between Muslims and Christians during the period when the Arabs controlled most of the Mediterranean world, each group viewed the other's religion from the beginning as fundamentally different and suspect. Christians portrayed Muslims as bloodthirsty pagans and Muhammad as a false prophet, while Islam saw Christianity as a jumble of sects and conflicting stories. Eschewing moral judgments and easy generalizations, The Cross and the Crescent allows readers to draw their own conclusions and explore the implications for the present day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900143034819
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Richard Fletcher is the author of seven books, including The Quest for El Cid, winner of the Wolfson Award and the Los Angeles Times History Prize. Recently retired from the University of York, where he was a professor of history, he lives in England.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsix
1Ishmael's Children1
2An Elephant for Charlemagne30
3Crossing Frontiers67
4Commerce, Coexistence and Scholarship100
5Sieving the Koran131
Further Reading166

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"A dazzling sprint past the turf wars of Rome and Constantinople, Sunnis and Shi’ites... Genghis Khan and Prester John." —John Leonard, Harper’s

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