The Cross and the Crescent  -     By: Richard Fletcher
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The Cross and the Crescent

Penguin Books / 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. Penguin.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.13 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0143034812
ISBN-13: 9780143034810

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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

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.

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A dazzling sprint past the turf wars of Rome and Constantinople, Sunnis and Shi’ites... Genghis Khan and Prester John. (John Leonard, Harper’s Magazine)

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