New PDF release: Europe and the Islamic World: A History

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

ISBN-10: 0691147051

ISBN-13: 9780691147055

Europe and the Islamic World sheds much-needed mild 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 faulty inspiration of a "clash of civilizations" among the Muslim global and Europe. during this landmark booklet, 3 eminent historians convey to lifestyles the complicated and tumultuous family members 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 background 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 global and the West. This sweeping heritage vividly recounts the wars and the crusades, the alliances and international relations, trade and the slave exchange, know-how transfers, and the highbrow and inventive exchanges. the following readers are given an unheard of advent 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, eu colonization and decolonization, and the demanding situations and promise of this entwined legacy at the present time.

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

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For non-Muslim populations in Byzantium and Persia, who had been subjugated by foreign rulers, Islamic rule meant an exchange of rulers rather than a loss of independence. Many in Byzantium willingly exchanged Greco-Roman rule for that of new Arab masters, fellow Semites, with whom they had closer linguistic and cultural affinities and to whom they paid lower taxes. Upon declaration of their allegiance to the Islamic state and payment of a poll (head) tax, these “protected” (dhimmi) peoples could practice their faith and be governed by their religious leaders and law in matters of faith and private life.

Beyond China and India, especially in the islands of the sea, geographers situated a fabulous world. Some islands abounded in gold or precious stones, while on others fruit trees grew on their own, sparing men the trouble of working the soil. Other islands were inhabited by cannibals, still others by women whose sexual appetites killed the poor sailors who dropped anchor there. In indulging in such fantasies of wondrous creatures and bizarre societies, Muslim geographers perpetuated the traditions of their ancient Greek predecessors.

EUROPE AND THE ISLAMIC WORLD EUROPE AND THE ISLAMIC WORLD A HISTORY JOHN TOLAN, GILLES VEINSTEIN, AND HENRY LAURENS Translated by Jane Marie Todd With a Foreword by John L. edu All Rights Reserved Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Tolan, John Victor, 1959– [Europe et l’islam. English] Europe and the Islamic world : a history / John Tolan, Gilles Veinstein, and Henry Laurens ; translated by Jane Marie Todd With a Foreword by John L. Esposito. p. cm. Henry Laurens’s name appears first on the original French ed.

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