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Europe and Islam
Cardini, Franco.
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Europa e islam. English
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Oxford, UK ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell, [2001]

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x, 238 pages ; 24 cm.

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In this book Franco Cardini examines the ideas, prejudices, disinformation and anti-information that have formed and coloured Europe's attitude towards Islam over 1500 years.

Author Notes

Franco Cardini is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Florence.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Cardini (medieval history, Univ. of Florence, Italy) here examines the nature of the contacts between Islam and Europe, how these contacts have changed or not changed over the centuries, and why they occurred in the first place. Cardini's book is part of a larger multipublisher endeavor that seeks to examine the ongoing process of the making, or evolution, of 21st-century Europe. The continent has contained a large Muslim minority for centuries, but prior to the 15th century, Muslims were largely found in the Iberian Peninsula. Since then, this population has spread throughout southeastern Europe. Cardini concentrates on Mediterranean Islam (Turkey, the Middle East, and North Africa), as this is the form of Islam that most Europeans have had contact with. His look at the attitudes and prejudices that have informed the interactions between these two communities will help form the basis from which a more complete understanding can evolve. This book should prove useful to both specialists and general readers; highly recommended for academic and public libraries. Robert J. Andrews, Duluth P.L., MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This latest contribution to the "Making of Europe" series surveys the pivotal role Islam has played in Europe's definition of itself by shaping 1400 years of European politics, being the primary Other in Europe's history, and eventually becoming a part of all that may constitute Europe. The first millennium of Islam's career receives the bulk of attention since Europe was the passive, or merely reactive, partner for much of that period. The years after the last siege of Vienna get much scantier coverage as the currents of influence and pressure changed in Europe's favor. Cardini (medieval history, Univ. of Florence) successfully undermines overly combative interpretations of this relationship. He notes the strength of trade--even to the point of pseudo-Kufic inscriptions on Western coins--moments of religious accommodation, and the adoption of Islamic intellectual legacies, among other things. He makes an interesting measurement of Europe's fear of Moorish, Arabic, or Turkic threats through the treatment of such figures in folklore and fiction. This volume covers much ground: Western (mis)understandings of Islam, efforts to refute Islam, and latterly, to study it more objectively. Lucid and subtle, but blemished with typos; recommended for undergraduates and above. S. Isaac Northwestern College

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Prefacep. vii
Prefacep. ix
1 A Prophet and Three Continentsp. 1
2 Between Two Millenniap. 18
3 Europe's Response: The Reconquista and Naval Exploitsp. 36
4 The Role of the Holy Cityp. 53
5 Conflict and Encounters in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuriesp. 67
6 The Treasure of the Pharaohp. 86
7 The Lords of Fearp. 101
8 'Inimicus crucis, inimicus Europae': The Ottoman Threatp. 117
9 Renaissance Europe and the Turksp. 132
10 Sultans, Pirates and Renegadesp. 152
11 The Age of Iron and the Enlightenmentp. 173
12 From the 'Sickness' of the Ottoman Empire to the Third Wave of Islamp. 196
Chronologyp. 213
Bibliographical Notep. 225
Indexp. 227