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Europe and the Islamic World sheds much-needed gentle at the shared roots of Islamic and Western cultures and at the richness in their inextricably intertwined histories, refuting as soon as and for the entire faulty proposal of a "clash of civilizations" among the Muslim international and Europe. during this landmark publication, 3 eminent historians convey to lifestyles the advanced and tumultuous kin among Genoans and Tunisians, Alexandrians and the folks of Constantinople, Catalans and Maghrebis--the myriad teams and participants whose tales mirror the typical cultural, highbrow, and spiritual historical past of Europe and Islam.

Since the 7th century, whilst the armies of Constantinople and Medina fought for keep an eye on of Syria and Palestine, there was ongoing touch among the Muslim international and the West. This sweeping heritage vividly recounts the wars and the crusades, the alliances and international relations, trade and the slave exchange, know-how transfers, and the highbrow and inventive exchanges. the following readers are given an unheard of creation to key classes and occasions, together with the Muslim conquests, the cave in of the Byzantine Empire, the industrial revolution of the medieval Mediterranean, the highbrow and cultural achievements of Muslim Spain, the crusades and Spanish reconquest, the increase of the Ottomans and their conquest of a 3rd of Europe, eu colonization and decolonization, and the demanding situations and promise of this entwined legacy at the present time.

As provocative because it is groundbreaking, this booklet describes this shared historical past in all its richness and variety, revealing how ongoing encounters among Europe and Islam have profoundly formed both.

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Ramón Martí, in response to a few of these contemporaries, traveled to Tunis and provided his Explanatio simboli apostolorum to the sultan. forty five Riccoldo da Montecroce, a Florentine friar, went to Baghdad in approximately 1290 to benefit Arabic and to aim to transform Muslims. forty six He describes his amazement on the urban of Baghdad (which, although, was once not what it have been ahead of the Mongol sack of 1258): the sumptuousness of its homes, the great thing about its gardens, the devotion and generosity of its citizens, the educational of its ulemas. Riccoldo studied the Qur’an in Arabic, and the publication vastly at a loss for words him. For him, it was once choked with “lies,” equivalent to the allegations that Jesus isn't God, and that Jesus and his apostles have been Muslims. What so much Riccoldo used to be that God should still enable the “blasphemies” of the Qur’an. consequently he addresses a criticism on to Jesus: “My middle stung to the fast, in insufferable ache whereas analyzing the Qur’an in Arabic, frequently, as you recognize, i've got set the booklet down open upon your altar, in entrance of your snapshot and that of your very holy mom, and feature acknowledged: ‘Read, learn what Muhammad says! ’ and i've the influence that you just don't want to learn. ”47 faraway from punishing the “Saracens” for his or her “blasphemies,” God looks to want them, granting them victory after victory over the Christians, specially through the trap of Acre via al-Ashraf Kahll, Mamluk sultan of Egypt. Riccoldo again to Italy in approximately 1300 and there composed his a criminal offense of the Saracens, a refutation of the Qur’an. The friar used to be very accustomed to the Qur’anic textual content, which he thought of an out-and-out fabrication through Muhammad, whose incoherence, impiety, and irrationality Riccoldo denounces. within the Qur’an, Riccoldo proclaims, Muhammad teaches Christian fact with out knowing it. To end up the life of the Trinity, Riccoldo adopts the arguments of past polemicists, that are in line with the truth that God is specified by means of plural nouns and pronouns. He additionally cites passages that, if we're to think him, turn out the lifestyles of the Holy Spirit and of Christ, the observe of God. staring at that the Qur’an praises the Torah and the Gospels, he asks why, if so, Muslims don't learn them. in the event that they have been to take action, they'd quickly become aware of their mistakes. yet to prevent being faced with the reality, they've got banned the research of the Bible, simply as they've got forbidden that of philosophy. truthfully, publicizes Riccoldo, the Saracens use 4 tips to hinder their blunders from turning into manifestly visible: they kill somebody who assaults the Qur’an; ban all spiritual disputes; placed the Saracens on their defend by means of telling them to not think what the non-Saracens say; and proclaim, “your legislation is for you, mine is for me. ”48 it really is however marvelous in Riccoldo’s view that the Saracens favor the Qur’an to the Gospels. once more, it should have to do with their irrationality, for which there's just one treatment: “As a consequence, whilst definite doubts come up within the Qur’an, and likely inquiries to which the Saracens can't answer, we must never purely invite them yet compel them to participate within the dinner party of fact.

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