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Islam in Europe

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This vigorously argued book reveals the central role that Islam has played in European history. Following the movement of people, culture and religion from East to West, Goody breaks down the perceived opposition between Islam and Europe, showing Islam to be a part of Europe's past and present. In an historical analysis of religious warfare and forced migration, Goody exam ...more
Paperback, 178 pages
Published January 26th 2004 by Polity Press (first published October 28th 2003)
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Bob Newman
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, islam
Book in search of an editor

There is an old dictum for people who write books: "Write what you know." Sir Jack Goody wrote a lot of anthropology in his long life and it was well-received. When he was in his eighties, he decided to write about the relationship of Islam with Europe and its history IN Europe. This is certainly a relevant topic, one well-worth discussing. As he points out, Islam has a very long history in Europe---in the Iberian peninsula, in Sicily, in the Balkans, and even in Russi
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C M
Jan 08, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start with the most important: DO NOT BUY (OR READ) THIS BOOK!!!

First of all, this book is not about "Islam in Europe." In fact, only the first chapter is on Islam in Europe. The other three chapters are on barely related topics. Chapter 2 (Bitter Icons and Ethnic Cleansing) is inspired by a vacation to Cyprus and makes some interesting, but totally irrelevant, points about the concept of 'ethnicity'. Chapter 3 (Islam and Terrorism) mainly serves to critique Israel, while Chapter 4 speaks
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Sir John (Jack) Rankine Goody (born 27 July 1919) is a British social anthropologist. He has been a prominent teacher at Cambridge University, he was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1976,[1] and he is an associate of the US National Academy of Sciences. Among his main publications are Death, property and the ancestors (1962), The myth of the Bagre (1972) and The domestication of the savag ...more

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