The Cross and the Crescent - Christianity and Islam from Muhammad to the Reformation by Richard Fletcher

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In this immensely readable history that couldn’t be more timely, award-winning historian Richard Fletcher chronicles the relationship between Islam and Christianity from the time of Muhammad to the Reformation. With lucidity and sound scholarship, Fletcher demonstrates that though there were fruitful trading and cultural interactions between Muslims and Christians during the period when the Arabs controlled most of the Mediterranean world, each group viewed the other’s religion from the beginning as fundamentally different and suspect. Eschewing moral judgments and easy generalizations, The Cross and the Crescent allows readers to draw their own conclusions and explore the implications for the present day.

 

About Richard Fletcher

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Richard Fletcher is the author of seven books, including The Quest for El Cid, winner of the Wolfson Award, and the Los Angeles Times History Prize. Recently retired from the University of York, where he was a professor of history, he lives in England.
 
Published January 1, 2003 by Viking, New York.
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Christian and Muslim cooperated fruitfully in tilling the contiguous, often overlapping fields of professional service and intellectual exchange.” Yet this collegiality disappeared with the rise of both doctrinaire movements and increased military friction, as Saracens raided into France and Ital...

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Despite these far-reaching economic and cultural interactions, Fletcher argues, Christians and Muslims lived in""a state of mutual religious aversion,"" even in border regions like Spain where substantial populations of both faiths lived side by side;

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Welcome to your preview of the Sunday TimesIn modern perceptions of the crusades, which for centuries expressed Christian resistance to Islam, self-deception isTo see the full article you need to subscribeThe Department of Energy & Climate Change - England - CompetitiveDepartment of Health - UK -...

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