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

By Henry Laurens, John Tolan, Gilles Veinstein

Europe and the Islamic global 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 all of the erroneous concept of a "clash of civilizations" among the Muslim international and Europe. during this landmark e-book, 3 eminent historians deliver to lifestyles the complicated and tumultuous kinfolk among Genoans and Tunisians, Alexandrians and the folk of Constantinople, Catalans and Maghrebis--the myriad teams and participants whose tales mirror the typical cultural, highbrow, and spiritual history of Europe and Islam.

Since the 7th century, while the armies of Constantinople and Medina fought for keep watch over of Syria and Palestine, there was ongoing touch among the Muslim international and the West. This sweeping historical past 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 extraordinary creation to key classes and occasions, together with the Muslim conquests, the cave in of the Byzantine Empire, the industrial 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, ecu colonization and decolonization, and the demanding situations and promise of this entwined legacy today.

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

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"Europe and the Islamic global is a massive antidote of this risky myopic worldview, delivering a serious and balanced overview of a old come across marked not just through non secular festival and clash but additionally via coexistence and cooperation in household politics and international kinfolk, exchange and trade, technological know-how and culture."--Lisa Kaaki, Arab News

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

"This booklet is a pretty good scholarly paintings at the present and ongoing debate at the family members among Europe and the Islamic global. It differs from earlier works on significant grounds: it deals a close narrative of key missed elements of this background and it refutes the suggestion of the 'clash of civilizations.'"--Adel Manai, Canadian magazine of History

"Tolan basically indicates how you can strategy the historical past of Islam and Christianity through the medieval period in a way more delicate demeanour, paying appreciate to right here to fore usually suppressed or muted voices on either sides."--Albrecht Classen, Mediaevistik

"This penetrating and nuanced research through 3 French students should still ultimately lay to relaxation simplistic and superficial notions approximately an age-old 'clash of civilizations' among the Islamic and Western worlds. For all of the ways in which clerics on contrary aspects attempted to uphold Manichaean differences among believers and infidels, the true tale is a way more advanced one in every of shared human values, lively advertisement buying and selling, invented or reinvented traditions, and mutual cultural penetration inside a mosaic of political rivalries, with non secular rhetoric used either to legitimize energy and mobilize resistance. this crucial publication, which units the scene for pressing modern concerns, could be useful analyzing for an individual heavily drawn to worldwide affairs."--Malise Ruthven, writer of Islam within the World

"Europe and the Islamic international makes for an engaging and infrequently provocative quantity. during this erudite ebook, 3 unique students provide their distinct views on Muslim-European political encounters, cultural exchanges, representations, and interactions. Their argument is that those encounters were many, varied, and ongoing. Europe and the Islamic global informs--and huge elements of it entertain."--Virginia H. Aksan, writer of Ottomans and Europeans: Contacts and Conflicts

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All historians agree, however, that in one corner sat the Black Stone, which Muslim tradition says is a meteorite that dates to the time of Adam and Eve. It was a sacred stone, even in pre-Islamic times, but later both the Black Stone and the Kaaba itself would be dedicated to Islam and God. merchants who had sent goods for trade. Arguments about the amount of profit due each of several merchants were frequent. Suspicions that caravan leaders kept unreported profits for themselves were common. The honest caravan leader knew how to establish confidence in his dealings and negotiate a fair percentage of the profits for everyone.

44 Muhammad had endured all the persecutions peacefully, but during this time, God gave him the revelation known as the Pledge of War. The verses say: Permission is given unto those who fight because they have been wronged, and God is indeed able to give them victory; those who have been driven from their homes unjustly only because they said—Our Lord is God! 26 In Medina In 622 CE Muhammad, along with Abu Bakr and their families, left Mecca, ready to fight for their religion and God if need be.

Some say there were only the horns of a ram; others insist there were idols for every tribe in Arabia. All historians agree, however, that in one corner sat the Black Stone, which Muslim tradition says is a meteorite that dates to the time of Adam and Eve. It was a sacred stone, even in pre-Islamic times, but later both the Black Stone and the Kaaba itself would be dedicated to Islam and God. merchants who had sent goods for trade. Arguments about the amount of profit due each of several merchants were frequent.

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