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Cultures in Conflict: Christians, Muslims & Jews in the Age of Discovery

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With elegance and erudition, Lewis explores that climactic year of 1492 as a clash of civilizations - a clash not only of the New World and the Old but also of Christendom, Islam, and the Jews. In the same year that Columbus set sail across the Atlantic, he reminds us, the Spanish monarchs captured Granada, the last Muslim stronghold on the peninsula, and also expelled the ...more
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Published January 18th 1996 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1995)
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By 1492, Christian ruled everywhere in the Iberian Peninsula, but many non-Christians—Jews and Muslims—remained. Their removal was seen by the Christian rulers of Spain and, a few years later, of Portugal as a necessary part of the process of reconquest and counterattack. The expulsion of the Jews, the smaller and weaker of the two minorities, was the first step. The expulsion of the Muslims—a larger, more complex, and more dangerous task—took somewhat longer.
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Lewis explains that Christianity and Islam have much in common and perhaps unfortunately so. They both believe that they have a divinely ordained mission to bring their way of belief to the unbeliever. This can be contrasted with Judaism which accepts that unbelievers can also be righteous, a belief that is not acceptable to Christians or Muslims. The west having undergone is ordeal of religious wars eventually had to accept the principal of religious diversity. Islam had religious toleration bu ...more
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I am not fond of Bernard Lewis.
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While being a succinct summation on the interactions between the three Abrahamic religions in the 15th -18 centuries, and having several noteworthy insights pertaining to cultural interpretations, there are some antiquated elements of historicity and impassioned but erroneous conclusions on the part of the author.
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Osmanli'nin top tufek kullanmasi ve Misir'in Hz.Muhammed'in sunnetidir diye kullanmamasi. Sonra da yenilmesi ve sonra da selim'e mektup yazmasi.... Cahil insanlarimizin daha cok tarih okumasi lazim
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So many stars, so few reviews.

I'm not exactly sure what to think.
I found much of this book persuasive and provocative, but I'm also very aware that I know too little to accept the author's conclusions at face value. Claimed but not proven, I would very much appreciate more weigh in from experts.

However, as one piece in a puzzle, I'm glad I read it.
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Bernard Lewis was the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton University and the author of many critially acclaimed and bestselling books, including two number one New York Times bestsellers: What Went Wrong? and Crisis of Islam. The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2,000
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