By David Levering Lewis
"A furiously complicated age; a strong narrative."--New York occasions publication Review, Editor's Choice
At the start of the 8th century, the Arabs introduced a momentous revolution in strength, faith, and tradition to darkish a while Europe. David Levering Lewis's masterful historical past starts off with the autumn of the Persian and Roman empires, by means of the increase of the prophet Muhammad and the construction of Muslim Spain. 5 centuries of engagement among the Muslim imperium and an rising Europe undefined, from the Muslim conquest of Visigoth Hispania in 711 to Latin Christendom's assertion of unconditional struggle at the Caliphate in 1215. Lewis's narrative, full of debts of a few of the best battles in international heritage, finds how cosmopolitan, Muslim al-Andalus flourished--a beacon of cooperation and tolerance among Islam, Judaism, and Christianity--while proto-Europe, defining itself against Islam, made virtues out of hereditary aristocracy, non secular intolerance, perpetual struggle, and slavery. A cautionary story, God's Crucible presents a brand new interpretation of world-altering occasions whose impact continues to be as present as contemporary headlines. a few pictures within the book will not be displayed as a result of permissions issues.
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God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215: Islam and the Making of Europe - 570-1215 by David Levering Lewis