How did we learn to hate or despise? Simply, because we were taught to. In 638 the Christian Patriarch of the Holy city of Jerusalem called the Muslim Caliph's presence an abomination in the sight of God. Christians and Muslims have since regarded each other warily and have silently thought of each other as 'infidels.' This book traces the long ...
How did we learn to hate or despise? Simply, because we were taught to. In 638 the Christian Patriarch of the Holy city of Jerusalem called the Muslim Caliph's presence an abomination in the sight of God. Christians and Muslims have since regarded each other warily and have silently thought of each other as 'infidels.' This book traces the long history of this troubled relationship. It was a campaign without end, waged with the pen, through the printing press, by the power of the human voice and on sublte and insidious suggestions with paintings, drawings and engravings. In this brilliant book we see how and why a battle is still being waged today, through the press, books, television, radio and the internet.
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New. Gift quality. Hardcover and dust jacket in mylar. Fine binding and cover. Clean, unmarked pages. xxxi, 427 pages: illustrations, maps; 25 cm. Here is the first panoptic history of the long struggle between the Christian West and Islam. In this dazzlingly written, acutely nuanced account, Andrew Wheatcroft tracks a deep fault line of animosity between civilizations. He begins with a stunning account of the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, then turns to the main zones of conflict: Spain, from which the descendants of the Moors were eventually expelled; the Middle East, where Crusaders and Muslims clashed for years; and the Balkans, where distant memories spurred atrocities even into the twentieth century. Throughout, Wheatcroft delves beneath stereotypes, looking incisively at how images, ideas, language, and technology (from the printing press to the Internet), as well as politics, religion, and conquest, have allowed each side to demonize the other, revive old grievances, and fuel across centuries a seemingly unquenchable enmity. Finally, Wheatcroft tells how this fraught history led to our present maelstrom. We cannot, he argues, come to terms with today's perplexing animosities without confronting this dark past. Contents: Acknowledgments--Editorial note--Maps--Preface--Chapter 1. "We praise thee, O God": Lepanto, 1571--Chapter 2. First contact--Chapter 3. Al-Andalus--Chapter 4. "The jewel of the world"--Chapter 5. Eternal Spain--Chapter 6. "Vile weeds": malas hierbas--Chapter 7. To the Holy Land--Chapter 8. Conquest and reconquest--Chapter 9. Balkan ghosts? --Chapter 10. Learning to hate--Chapter 11. "A broad line of blood"--Chapter 12. "Turban'd and scimitar'd"--Chapter 13. The black art--Chapter 14. Maledicta: words of hate--Chapter 15. The better angels of our nature--
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