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The Cross and the Crescent: Christianity and Islam from Muhammad to the Reformation

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Richard Fletcher shows how, despite long periods of coexistence and overlap, religious misunderstanding between "peoples of the book" has been present since their earliest encounters. He argues that though there were fruitful trading and cultural interactions between Islam and Christianity during the period when the Arabs controlled most of the Mediterranean world, each viewed the other's religion as fundamentally different. Christians portrayed Muslims as bloodthirsty pagans and Muhammad as a false prophet, while Islam saw Christianity as a jumble of sects and conflicting stories. In Fletcher's words: "Christian and Muslim lived side by side in a state of mutual religious aversion. Given these circumstances, if religious passions were to be stirred up, confrontation would probably be violent." Fletcher's lucidity, scholarship and gift for compression make this one of the most readable as well as one of the most clear-sighted contributions to its subject for many years. He makes no moral judgments or easy generalizations, leaving readers to draw their own conclusions and explore the implications for our own time. Richard Fletcher recently took early retirement from the University of York. His Quest for El Cid (OUP) won the Wolfson Award and the Los Angeles Times History Prize. Barbarian Conversion: From Paganism to Christianity was a bestseller in the UK in 1999.

Synopsis:

In this immensely 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. 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.

Synopsis:

Richard Fletcher is one of toda‛s most renowned medieval historians. In his latest book, he offers a brilliant survey of the relationship between the Islamic and Christian worlds from the seventh to the sixteenth centuries. He shows how, despite long periods of coexistence and overlap, religious misunderstanding between“the peoples of the boo” has been present since their earliest encounters. He argues that though there were fruitful trading and cultural interactions between Islam and Christianity during the period when Arabs controlled most of the Mediterranean world, neither side was remotely interested in the actual religion of the other. Christians portrayed Muslims as bloodthirsty pagans and Muhammad as a false prophet while Islam viewed Christianity as a jumble of sects and conflicting stories.

Fletche‛s lucidity, scholarship, and gift for compression make this one of the most elegant and clear-sighted contributions to its subject for many years. It will appeal to readers of Karen Armstron‛s bestselling Islam: A Short History and to all readers looking for a better understanding of the Islamic worl‛s relationship to the West.

Table of Contents

List of Maps

Preface

1. Ishmael's Children 1

2. An Elephant for Charlemagne 30

3. Crossing Frontiers 67

4. Commerce, Coexistence and Scholarship 100

5. Sieving the Koran 131

6. Epilogue 157

Chronology 162

Further Reading 166

Notes 170

Index 175

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670032716
Subtitle:
Christianity and Islam from Muhammad to the Reformation
Author:
Fletcher, Richard
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Location:
New York
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Christianity and other religions
Subject:
Islam
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
Islamic Studies
Subject:
General History
Subject:
History
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
108-51
Publication Date:
20040126
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.57x5.76x.79 in. .75 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,

In this immensely 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. 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.

"Synopsis" by , Richard Fletcher is one of toda‛s most renowned medieval historians. In his latest book, he offers a brilliant survey of the relationship between the Islamic and Christian worlds from the seventh to the sixteenth centuries. He shows how, despite long periods of coexistence and overlap, religious misunderstanding between“the peoples of the boo” has been present since their earliest encounters. He argues that though there were fruitful trading and cultural interactions between Islam and Christianity during the period when Arabs controlled most of the Mediterranean world, neither side was remotely interested in the actual religion of the other. Christians portrayed Muslims as bloodthirsty pagans and Muhammad as a false prophet while Islam viewed Christianity as a jumble of sects and conflicting stories.

Fletche‛s lucidity, scholarship, and gift for compression make this one of the most elegant and clear-sighted contributions to its subject for many years. It will appeal to readers of Karen Armstron‛s bestselling Islam: A Short History and to all readers looking for a better understanding of the Islamic worl‛s relationship to the West.

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