God's Crucible

God's Crucible

Islam and the Making of Europe, 570 to 1215

Book - 2008
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In this panoramic history of Islamic culture in early Europe, a Pulitzer Prizewinning historian re-examines what we thought we knew. Lewis reveals how cosmopolitan, Muslim al-Andalus flourished--a beacon of cooperation and tolerance between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity--while proto-Europe made virtues out of hereditary aristocracy, religious intolerance, perpetual war, and slavery.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
Description: xxv, 473 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780393064728
Branch Call Number: 940.1 Lew


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Jun 04, 2012

Well written, informative and enjoyable reading.

I will recommend this book to all; despite two noticable shortcoming: 1) Strange redundencies occur at several points in the book: almost verbatim paragraphs occur within two or three pages (a product of what I suspect to be artifacts of rewrites during the creation process that, for some reason, made it past the editor). This is not a problem, especially because these redundant paragraphs contain important points. It is, however, awkward. 2) The primer provided in the first chapter for the history of the Classical Roman world--an understanding of which is certainly contextually useful, if not essential--is just too truncated. It would have been better, in my opinion, to have left out the poor primer and assumed the prerequisite knowelge in the reader.
These are small issues however. The book is good. Go ahead, read it!

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