Faith and Sword: A Short History of Christian-Muslim Conflict

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Reaktion Books, Jun 26, 2006 - 256 pages
In todayís tense geopolitical climate, terrorist groups avow their allegiance to the Islamic faith in their edicts, while the president of the United States undertakes controversial wars in Islamic nations and openly refers to his Christian faith as a key component of his decision-making. With the recent surge in terrorist acts and military confrontations, as well as ever-strengthening fundamentalist ideologies on both sides, the Christian-Muslim divide is perhaps more visible than everóbut it is not new. Alan G. Jamieson explores here the long and bloody history of the Christian-Muslim conflict, revealing in his concise yet comprehensive study how deeply this ancient divide is interwoven with crucial events in world history.

Faith and Sword opens with the tumultuous first centuries of the conflict, examining the religious precepts that framed clashes between Christians and Muslims and that ultimately fueled the legendary Crusades. Traversing the full breadth of the Arab lands and Christendom, Jamieson chronicles the turbulent saga from the Arab conquests of the seventh century to the rise of the powerful Ottoman Empire and its fall at the end of World War I. Faith and Sword then explores the complex dynamics that emerged later in the twentieth century, as Christendom was transformed into the secular West and Islamic nations overthrew European colonialism to establish governments straddling modernity and religiosity.

From the 1979 Iranian revolution to the Lebanon hostage crisis to the present-day war in Iraq, Faith and Sword reveals the essence of this enduring struggle and its consequences.
 

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Writer and researcher Jamieson offers a dense but clear abstract of the 1,400-year history of conflict between Christian and Muslim states, from the death of Muhammad to the American occupation of ... Read full review

Contents

LIST OF MAPS
6
The Arab Conquests 632750
13
Byzantine Defiance 7501000
27
Christian Advances in
41
Victory over Outremer
58
Rise of the Ottoman Turks 13001500
77
The Sixteenth Century
95
Ottoman Revival and Decline 16001815
114
Triumph of the West 18151918
136
Breaking Free 19181979
157
Challenging America 19792005
182
A New Conflict?
208
GLOSSARY OF PLACE NAME CHANGES
216
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
223
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
241
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Alan G. Jamieson is a researcher and writer based in Alberta, Canada, and the UK. He is the author of Ebb Tide in the British Maritime Industries: Change and Adaptation, 1918-1990.

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