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Sword and scimitar : fourteen centuries of war between Islam and the west
Ibrahim, Raymond, author.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : De Capo Press, 2018.
Physical Description:
xvii, 334 pages ; illustrations 24 cm
A sweeping history of the often-violent conflict between Islam and the West, shedding a revealing light on current hostilities The West and Islam--the sword and the scimitar--have clashed since the mid-seventh century, when, according to Muslim tradition, the Byzantine emperor rejected Prophet Muhammad's order to abandon Christianity and convert to Islam, unleashing a centuries-long jihad on Christendom. Sword and Scimitar chronicles the significant battles that arose from this ages-old Islamic jihad, beginning with the first major Islamic attack on Christian land in 636, through the occupation of the Middle East that prompted the Crusades and the far-flung conquests of the Ottoman Turks, to the European colonization of the Muslim world in the 1800s, when Islam largely went on the retreat--until its reemergence in recent times. Using original sources in Arabic, Greek, Latin, and Turkish, preeminent historian Raymond Ibrahim describes each battle in vivid detail and explains the effect the outcome had on larger historical currents of the age and how the military lessons of the battle reflect the cultural faultlines between Islam and the West. The majority of these landmark battles are now forgotten or considered inconsequential. Yet today, as the West faces a resurgence of this enduring Islamic jihad, Sword and Scimitar provides the needed historical context to understand the current relationship between the West and the Islamic world, and why the Islamic State is merely the latest chapter of an old history.
Introduction Jihad : the roots of conflict -- Islam takes Christendom by storm : the Battle of Yarmuk, 636 -- The Jihad beats against an eastern wall of stone : the Siege of -- Constantinople, 717 -- The Jihad beats against a western wall of ice : the Battle of Tours, 732 -- Jihad's new champions (or, "that dreadful day") : the battle of Manzikert, 1071 -- Christendom strikes back : the Battle of Hattin, 1187 -- The crusade victorious : the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa, 1212 -- Muhammad's dream : the siege of Constantinople, 1453 -- The rise and fall of Islam : the Siege of Vienna, 1683.
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