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The Cross and the Crescent: Christianity and Islam from Muhammad to the Reformation

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Richard Fletcher is one of today’s most renowned medieval historians. In his latest book, he offers a brilliant survey of the relationship between the Islamic and Christian worlds from the seventh to the sixteenth centuries. He shows how, despite long periods of coexistence and overlap, religious misunderstanding between “the peoples of the book” has been present since the ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 26th 2004 by Viking Adult (first published 2003)
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Adalberto Queiroz
Li com grande interesse a tradução deste livro de R. Fletcher em português, trad. de Andréa Rocha (1), sobre as relações entre o Islã e o Cristianismo, dos tempos de Maomé até à reforma Protestante.
O que me entusiasmou a partir para a leitura do segundo livro deste autor ("The Conversion of Europe: From Paganism to Christianity, 371-1386 AD", ainda não traduzido em português)foi seu estilo.
A proposta de Fletcher é contar a história com o propósito de alcançar o leitor leigo e não ficar falando p
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An excellent and very readable introduction to the porous frontiers of these two empire building monotheisms. How the East and West competed, communicated, and misunderstood each other by illustrating trade, intellectual development, and proselytizing wars. Fletcher's concentration was based on how Islam thrived and dominated, while the Westerner's Xianity stooped and slouched, until Italy and Spain came into their own economic and political power/consolidated statehoods.

The last two chapters a
David Boyd
This is an awesome little book. It is essentially a snapshot (much more and larger books have been written on the subject) of the history and tension between Islam and Christianity and I think explains a lot without going into serious detail. If you read it with this in mind, it works well. I really enjoyed and certainly felt a lot more knowledgeable on the subject without being an expert.
Fletcher offers a good and reasoned examination of Christian-Muslim relations, explaining (among other things) why it has been historically that Christians saw Muslims as violent and Muslims, at least until the modern period, thought little of Christian Western Europe. The vantage may be skewed a little toward the Christian in number of details (not in point of view), maybe because the Muslim world saw so little to take notice of in Western Europe until after the period he surveys (which really ...more
This book provides and overview of Muslim-Christian relations during the Medieval period. It was well-written, but most of the information in it was not new to me.
An easy-to-read essay about the relations between Christians and Muslims, trying to explain the roots of the misunderstandings among these 2 cultures. Despite the strong links and interactions between both worlds, the coexistence has been (and undoubtedly is) difficult. It is clear that it could be a fruitful relation, but it has been poisoned historically by powerful interest.
Although the book concentrate on a remote time, it is interesting to verify that some of the arguments are still valid
This book was a fairly simple and easy to read historical account of the early relationship between the European Christian and Asian/North African Muslim civilizations, however the author failed to do any real analysis. It seemed to be just another account of the history, and fairly abbreviated, with no real thought into the effects or meaning of the interactions.
This is an extremely insightful book, providing some much needed historical context for the conflict between the West and Islam raging today. Despite the density of the information and the serious subject matter, this is a fairly quick read.
I wouldnt call this book a simplistic look, its just so short that it's easy to see it this way. Similarly, he chooses a very few small goals and accomplishes them, so in that sense the book is a success. Lots of good anecdotes and the chapters are all orderly, though he speeds up in the last 50 pages.
Lauren Albert
Such a short book on such a large subject is bound to be cursory. It was interesting and well-written but definitely for people who haven't read anything about the topic before.
Very well-written. Very informative discussion of the relationship between the Christian and Islamic worlds in the Middle Ages.
Victoria Flamenco
I loved this book! It is an easy read, but it is very informative--a perfect overview of Christian/Muslim relations.
Interesting history of the middle east and attempts to explain some of the reasons behind the continual conflict and hatred that is so prevalent in that part of the world. I learned a great deal that I was not aware of and understand more, even though violence and hatred are never a path to meaningful life.
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Richard A. Fletcher was a historian who specialized in the medieval period. He was Professor of History at the University of York and one of the outstanding talents in English and Spanish medieval scholarship.

Obituary @ the Times Online
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