Europe and the Islamic World: A History by Henry Laurens, Gilles Veinstein, John Victor Tolan (Hardback, 2012)
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- DescriptionEurope and the Islamic World sheds much-needed light on the shared roots of Islamic and Western cultures and on the richness of their inextricably intertwined histories, refuting once and for all the misguided tion of a clash of civilizations between the Muslim world and Europe. In this landmark book, three eminent historians bring to life the complex and tumultuous relations between Geans and Tunisians, Alexandrians and the people of Constantiple, Catalans and Maghrebis--the myriad groups and individuals whose stories reflect the common cultural, intellectual, and religious heritage of Europe and Islam. Since the seventh century, when the armies of Constantiple and Medina fought for control of Syria and Palestine, there has been ongoing contact between the Muslim world and the West. This sweeping history vividly recounts the wars and the crusades, the alliances and diplomacy, commerce and the slave trade, techlogy transfers, and the intellectual and artistic exchanges. Here readers are given an unparalleled introduction to key periods and events, including the Muslim conquests, the collapse of the Byzantine Empire, the commercial revolution of the medieval Mediterranean, the intellectual and cultural achievements of Muslim Spain, the crusades and Spanish reconquest, the rise of the Ottomans and their conquest of a third of Europe, European colonization and decolonization, and the challenges and promise of this entwined legacy today. As provocative as it is groundbreaking, this book describes this shared history in all its richness and diversity, revealing how ongoing encounters between Europe and Islam have profoundly shaped both.
- Author BiographyJohn Tolan is professor of history at the Universite de Nantes. His books include Saracens and Saint Francis and the Sultan. Gilles Veinstein (1945-2013) was professor of history at the College de France. His books include Merchants in the Ottoman Empire. Henry Laurens is professor of history at the College de France. He is the author of L'empire et ses ennemis: La question imperiale dans l'histoire.
- PrizesShortlisted for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2013.
- Author(s)Gilles Veinstein,Henry Laurens,John Victor Tolan
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication04/11/2012
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Content Note7 halftones.
- Weight828 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine41 mm
- Foreword byJohn L. Esposito
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