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God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215

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"There is no doubt that David Levering Lewis, with God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe; 570-1215...will ruffle the feathers of some scholar-birds, especially those right-wing one-notes who can be counted on to sing The Song of Roland at pep rallies for Holy War and regime change." John Leonard (1939-2008), Harper's Magazine (read the entire Harper's review)

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Hailed by critics as an essential book, God's Crucible is a bold, new interpretation of Islamic Spain and the birth of Europe from one of our greatest historians. David Levering Lewis's narrative, filled with accounts of some of the greatest battles in world history, reveals how cosmopolitan, Muslim al-Andalus flourished — a beacon of cooperation and tolerance — while proto-Europe floundered in opposition.

At the beginning of the eighth century, the Arabs brought a momentous revolution in power, religion, and culture to Dark Ages Europe. David Levering Lewis's masterful history begins with the fall of the Persian and Roman empires, followed by the rise of the prophet Muhammad and the creation of Muslim Spain. Five centuries of engagement between the Muslim imperium and an emerging Europe followed, from the Muslim conquest of Visigoth Hispania in 711 to Latin Christendom's declaration of unconditional warfare on the Caliphate in 1215.

Lewis's narrative, filled with accounts of some of the greatest battles in world history, reveals how cosmopolitan, Muslim al-Andalus flourished — a beacon of cooperation and tolerance between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity — while proto-Europe, defining itself in opposition to Islam, made virtues out of hereditary aristocracy, religious intolerance, perpetual war, and slavery. A cautionary tale, God's Crucible provides a new interpretation of world-altering events whose influence remains as current as today's headlines. 8 pages of illustrations; 4 maps.

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"A magisterial work by one of America's greatest historians." Reza Aslan, author of No god but God

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"A wonderfully interesting contribution." Amartya Sen

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"Lewis's treatment...is lucid, and his command of detail is encyclopedic....The book is erudite."

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"A furiously complex age; a powerful narrative." New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice

Synopsis:

At the beginning of the eighth century, the Arabs brought a momentous revolution in power, religion, and culture to Dark Ages Europe. David Levering Lewis's masterful history begins with the fall of the Persian and Roman empires, followed by the rise of the prophet Muhammad and the creation of Muslim Spain. Five centuries of engagement between the Muslim imperium and an emerging Europe followed, from the Muslim conquest of Visigoth Hispania in 711 to Latin Christendom's declaration of unconditional warfare on the Caliphate in 1215. Lewis's narrative, filled with accounts of some of the greatest battles in world history, reveals how cosmopolitan, Muslim al-Andalus flourished--a beacon of cooperation and tolerance between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity--while proto-Europe, defining itself in opposition to Islam, made virtues out of hereditary aristocracy, religious intolerance, perpetual war, and slavery. A cautionary tale, God's Crucibleprovides a new interpretation of world-altering events whose influence remains as current as today's headlines.

About the Author

David Levering Lewis is a University Professor at New York University. Both volumes of his biography of W. E. B. Du Bois received the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393333565
Author:
Lewis, David Levering
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Lewis, David L.
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Islamic Studies
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pages of illustrations; 4 maps
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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Product details 384 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393333565 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "There is no doubt that David Levering Lewis, with God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe; 570-1215...will ruffle the feathers of some scholar-birds, especially those right-wing one-notes who can be counted on to sing The Song of Roland at pep rallies for Holy War and regime change." (read the entire Harper's review)
"Review" by , "A magisterial work by one of America's greatest historians."
"Review" by , "A wonderfully interesting contribution."
"Review" by , "Lewis's treatment...is lucid, and his command of detail is encyclopedic....The book is erudite."
"Review" by , "A furiously complex age; a powerful narrative." New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice
"Synopsis" by , At the beginning of the eighth century, the Arabs brought a momentous revolution in power, religion, and culture to Dark Ages Europe. David Levering Lewis's masterful history begins with the fall of the Persian and Roman empires, followed by the rise of the prophet Muhammad and the creation of Muslim Spain. Five centuries of engagement between the Muslim imperium and an emerging Europe followed, from the Muslim conquest of Visigoth Hispania in 711 to Latin Christendom's declaration of unconditional warfare on the Caliphate in 1215. Lewis's narrative, filled with accounts of some of the greatest battles in world history, reveals how cosmopolitan, Muslim al-Andalus flourished--a beacon of cooperation and tolerance between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity--while proto-Europe, defining itself in opposition to Islam, made virtues out of hereditary aristocracy, religious intolerance, perpetual war, and slavery. A cautionary tale, God's Crucibleprovides a new interpretation of world-altering events whose influence remains as current as today's headlines.
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