Oct326: Cardini's book is a good complement to Lewis's one because it looks at the same subject from the opposite viewpoint: Islam (mainly mediterranean Islam) as seen by Europeans, from the middle ages onwards. What I found most interesting in it is the description of the influences of Islamic culture on European culture, and how the Europeans' view about Islam (often distorted and prejudiced) changed over time.… (more)
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"Full of rare and exact information.... A distinguished work."—New York Review of Books
The eleventh-century Muslim world was a great civilization while Europe lay slumbering in the Dark Ages. Slowly, inevitably, Europe and Islam came together, through trade and war, crusade and diplomacy. The ebb and flow between these two worlds for seven hundred years, illuminated here by a brilliant historian, is one of the great sagas of world history. 30 black and white illustrations
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