Saracens: Islam in the Medieval European Imagination ePub (Adobe DRM) download by John Tolan

Saracens: Islam in the Medieval European Imagination

Columbia University Press
Publication date: July 2002
ISBN: 9780231506465
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In an effort to make sense of God's apparent abandonment of Christendom in favor of a dynamic and expanding Muslim civilization, European writers distorted the teachings of Islam and caricatured its believers in a variety of ways. What ideological purposes did these portrayals serve? And how, in turn, did Muslims view Christianity? Tolan shows how Christian responses to Islam changed from the seventh to thirteenth centuries, through fast-charging crusades and spirit-crushing defeats, crystallizing into polemical images later drawn upon by Western authors in the fourteenth to twentieth centuries.
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