The Cross and the Crescent

The Cross and the Crescent

Christianity and Islam From Muhammad to the Reformation

Book - 2003
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Blackwell North Amer
Richard Fletcher shows how, despite long periods of co-existence and overlap, religious misunderstanding between 'the peoples of the book' has been present since their earliest encounters. He argues that though there were fruitful trading and cultural interaction between Islam and Christianity during the period when Arabs controlled most of the Mediterranean world, each viewed the other's religion as fundamentally different. Christians portrayed Moslems as bloodthirsty pagans and Muhammad as a false prophet, while Islam saw Christianity as a jumble of sects and conflicting stories. In Fletcher's words: 'Christian and Moslem lived side by side in a state of mutual religious aversion. Given these circumstances, if religious passions were to be stirred up, confrontation would probably be violent.'

Publisher: London : Allen Lane, c2003
ISBN: 9780713996869
0713996862
Branch Call Number: 261.2709 FLE
Characteristics: xvi, 182 p. :,maps ;,23 cm.

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