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The Cross and the Crescent
Penguin Putnam Inc. / 2005 / Paperback
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"Fletcher's fine, concise history of early Muslim-Christian relations will bring sanity and balance to the discussion,"---The Guardian (U.K.). How religious misunderstanding began between the two "peoples of the book" in the seventh century and how stereotypes have persisted. 208 pages, softcover.
In this immensely readable history that couldnt 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 others 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.
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.
A dazzling sprint past the turf wars of Rome and Constantinople, Sunnis and Shiites... Genghis Khan and Prester John. (John Leonard, Harpers Magazine)
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