Europe and the Islamic World: A History by John Tolan, Henry Laurens, Gilles Veinstein, John L.

By John Tolan, Henry Laurens, Gilles Veinstein, John L. Esposito

Europe and the Islamic World sheds much-needed gentle at the shared roots of Islamic and Western cultures and at the richness in their inextricably intertwined histories, refuting as soon as and for the entire faulty suggestion of a "clash of civilizations" among the Muslim international and Europe. during this landmark e-book, 3 eminent historians convey to lifestyles the complicated and tumultuous relatives among Genoans and Tunisians, Alexandrians and the folk of Constantinople, Catalans and Maghrebis--the myriad teams and contributors whose tales replicate the typical cultural, highbrow, and spiritual historical past of Europe and Islam.

Since the 7th century, while the armies of Constantinople and Medina fought for regulate of Syria and Palestine, there was ongoing touch among the Muslim international and the West. This sweeping heritage vividly recounts the wars and the crusades, the alliances and international relations, trade and the slave alternate, know-how transfers, and the highbrow and inventive exchanges. the following readers are given an unprecedented creation to key sessions and occasions, together with the Muslim conquests, the cave in of the Byzantine Empire, the economic revolution of the medieval Mediterranean, the highbrow and cultural achievements of Muslim Spain, the crusades and Spanish reconquest, the increase of the Ottomans and their conquest of a 3rd of Europe, eu colonization and decolonization, and the demanding situations and promise of this entwined legacy this day.

As provocative because it is groundbreaking, this publication describes this shared historical past in all its richness and variety, revealing how ongoing encounters among Europe and Islam have profoundly formed both.

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Henry Laurens’s name appears first on the original French ed. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-691-14705-5 (hardcover : alk. paper) 1. Europe—Relations—Middle East. 2. Middle East—Relations—Europe. 3. Europe—Relations—Islamic countries. 4. Islamic countries—Relations—Europe. 5. Europe—Civilization—Islamic influences. 6. Islamic civilization—Western influences. I. Veinstein, Gilles. II. Laurens, Henry, 1954– III. Todd, Jane Marie, 1957– IV. Title. 48'2401767—dc23 2012016021 British Library Cataloging-in-Publication Data is available Cet ouvrage publié dans le cadre du programme d’aide à la publication bénéficie du soutien du Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et du Service Culturel de l’Ambassade de France représenté aux Etats-Unis.

Veinstein, Gilles. II. Laurens, Henry, 1954– III. Todd, Jane Marie, 1957– IV. Title. 48'2401767—dc23 2012016021 British Library Cataloging-in-Publication Data is available Cet ouvrage publié dans le cadre du programme d’aide à la publication bénéficie du soutien du Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et du Service Culturel de l’Ambassade de France représenté aux Etats-Unis. This work received support from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States through their publishing assistance program.

But that mutual rejection also took new forms, feeding on sources of exclusion that were not specifically religious. Chapter 9 highlights another consequence of the schism between the two Europes (unequally represented in contemporary European memory): the existence of an Islamic-Christian border running through the middle of the continent. That border was the site of permanent confrontations, both physical and symbolic, but also of mutual exchanges and influences. A striking expression of these influences can be found in the twin sociomilitary organizations that, under various designations and with characteristics proper to each, were a constant on both sides, along the entire length of the land and sea border.

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