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God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215

God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215
Author: David Levering Lewis
ISBN 13: 9780393333565
ISBN 10: 393333566
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 2009-01-12
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
List Price: $17.95

In this panoramic history of Islamic culture in early Europe, a Pulitzer Prizewinning historian reexamines what we once thought we knew. David Levering Lewis's narrative 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.

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In the hundred years between the Prophet Muhammad's death in 632 and Charles the Hammer's victory over Muslim invaders at Poitiers in central France in 732, Islam conquered a huge swathe of the known world, erupting from what had been the historically irrelevant wastes of Arabia as far as central Asia in one direction and western Europe in the other.