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

By Andrew Wheatcroft

Here's the 1st panoptic heritage of the lengthy fight among the Christian West and Islam.

In this dazzlingly written, acutely nuanced account, Andrew Wheatcroft tracks a deep fault line of animosity among civilizations. He starts with a gorgeous account of the conflict of Lepanto in 1571, then turns to the most zones of clash: Spain, from which the descendants of the Moors have been ultimately expelled; the center East, the place Crusaders and Muslims clashed for years; and the Balkans, the place far-off stories spurred atrocities even into the 20th century. all through, Wheatcroft delves underneath stereotypes, having a look incisively at how photos, rules, language, and know-how (from the printing press to the Internet), in addition to politics, faith, and conquest, have allowed both sides to demonize the opposite, revive previous grievances, and gasoline throughout centuries a doubtless unquenchable enmity. ultimately, Wheatcroft tells how this fraught heritage ended in our current maelstrom. we won't, he argues, come to phrases with today’s complicated animosities with no confronting this darkish earlier.

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In 622 he disembarked fight on the shores of the gulf of Alexandretta at Issos, in the province of Cilicia or Lesser Armenia just south of the Taurus mountains, and forced upon the Persian besiegers of his forces from Asia Minor. Again, while aided a by Byzantine patrician named Bonus, orSergius, ganized the heroic defense of Constantinople against the Avar hordes, Heraclius launched another campaign against the his capital a complete retreat Persians in 623. This time, with surprising ingenuity, he bewildered his adversary by taking sail on the Black Sea to Trebizond, whence he sallied into Greater Armenia and Azerbaijan and harassed the heedless Khosroes in his royal nest at Ganzak.

Cor- CHAPTER TWO Crusade: The Frankish Solution of the Eastern Question OLD CONCEPTS AND NEW IDEAS HISTORICAL WRITING * in the field of the Crusade has been of fundamental changes slowly but steadily undergoing a series a of in the course of the last quarter century, and recent works outlook on some of its a new have on the subject displayed these is the probprincipal phases. Most prominent among lem of the chronology of the Age of the Crusade. There are two schools of thought about the beginning and the end of the The foregoing chapter has revealed that the Crusading Age.

Those who visit the ruins of the Basilica of St. Simeon near Aleppo in northern Syria will find the column on top of which the holy man lived for nearly thirty years about the middle of the fifth century, once more than ninety Stylites now a stump, the rest carried away by relic hunters. pilgrim traffic was momentarily arrested during the feet high, The Muslim invasion; but as soon as the belligerents laid their arms, the flow of pilgrimage down was resumed, even in the course of the eighth century.

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