Infidels by Andrew Wheatcroft
A History of the Conflict Between Christendom and Islam

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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.

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About Andrew Wheatcroft

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ANDREW WHEATCROFT is the author of many books including The Habsburgs: Embodying Empire, The Ottomans: Dissolving Images, and (with John Keegan) Zones of Conflict: An Atlas of Future Wars. One of the first scholars to use photography in writing the history of the Middle East, he has made art and images a central focus of his work. He is director of the international postgraduate Centre for Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling in Scotland.
Published June 15, 2004 by Random House. 496 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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In his history of India (a place he never visited), the utilitarian James Mill saw the country as perennially fought over by the two barbaric religious communities of Hindus and Muslims and sunk in a darkness that the British East India Company - Mill's later employer - was well placed to dispel ...

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Infidels: A History of the Conflict Between Christendom and Islam, by Andrew Wheatcroft (Penguin, £8.99) In 1571, the governor of Famagusta, Marcantonio Bragadino, sued for an honourable surrender after having been besieged for four months by the Ottoman commander, Lala Mustafa.

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Historian Wheatcroft (The Ottomans ) adds another volume to the steadily growing literature on the history of Christian-Muslim relations.

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