EBOOK / PDF [God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570–1215]

  • Hardcover
  • 512
  • God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215
  • David Levering Lewis
  • English
  • 24 November 2019
  • 9780393064728

David Levering Lewis ´ 7 read & download

characters God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215 ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB free read í eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ David Levering Lewis David Levering Lewis ´ 7 read & download Hailed by critics as an essential book God's Crucible is a bold new interpretation of Islamic Spain and the birth of Europe from one of our greatest historians David Levering Lewis's narrative filled with accounts of some of the greatest battles in world history reveals how cosmopolitan Muslim al Andalus flourished a beacon of cooperation and tolerance while proto Europe floundered in oppositionAt the beginning of the eighth century the Arabs brought a momentous revolution i. God s Crucible Islam and the Making of Europe is not a very good history book Read it only when you have a deeper knowledge of this period of history or you will end up with a biased view of the 700 years describedMy danger flag went up from the moment I read the part titled about the author DL Lewis previously wrote a book about antisemitism in France and BritishEuropean ImperialismColonialism vs AfricanMuslim resistance With a background like that you can t seriously write about the crusades or the Reconuista or you should be a very conscious and objective historian and forget all about the other periods make tabula rasa and start all over again Lewis seems to mix up eras and that is unacceptable for any historian certainly when you tackle a touchy subject like this Other than this serious flaw in historical practice the book is also very dense and even an engaged reader might lose the narrative very easily through the endless summary of facts and names Even a trained historian like me struggles to keep track of the main characters and events That Lewis wants to bury his reader under learned words and crafty sentences does not help at all Except for the lesson that the Christian West supposedly was backward and the Muslim East religiously tolerant and sophisticated the other lines of thought don t come across clear I couldn t shake of the feeling that the author was completely siding with the Muslim occupation something you tend to forget when reading this book the Muslims are the aggressors in the conflict not the other way around For example when Christian kings would remove a competitor or even indulge in fratricide Lewis opens up his full register of condescending words When a Muslim ruler has his opponents beheaded and yes they did kill off family too it gets nothing than a dry notification It gets even worse violence by a Muslim ruler is often considered a necessary political instrument but how is it different than what the Christian rulers did The act is the same but the description is not One is political astute the other a base murderer To me both acts are what they are political murder And as a historian I wisely keep my personal opinion to myself Lewis makes it a very black and white account of a much subtle historyMy advice Read other books first like A vanished world Medieval Spain s golden age of enlightenment by Chris Lowney Then when you read this book keep the bias in mind and don t get overwhelmed by Lewis Chrysostom speech Miss Manners' Guide to a Surprisingly Dignified Wedding is a bold new From Ice To Flames (A West Brothers Novel) (English Edition) interpretation of Islamic Spain and the birth of Europe from one of our greatest historians David Levering Lewis's narrative filled with accounts of some of the greatest battles Do You Want to Start a Scandal in world history reveals how cosmopolitan Muslim al Andalus flourished a beacon of cooperation and tolerance while proto Europe floundered One Man Out: Curt Flood versus Baseball (Landmark Law Cases and American Society) in oppositionAt the beginning of the eighth century the Arabs brought a momentous revolution Camping pour la Première Fois: Série HH, La première fois T1 i. God s Crucible Islam and the Making of Europe Python pour les maths: Dès 14 ans. Nouvelle matière du programme du collège et du lycée. is not a very good history book Read Lighthouses 2013 Calendar it only when you have a deeper knowledge of this period of history or you will end up with a biased view of the 700 years describedMy danger flag went up from the moment I read the part titled about the author DL Lewis previously wrote a book about antisemitism Dinner: Changing the Game in France and BritishEuropean ImperialismColonialism vs AfricanMuslim resistance With a background like that you can t seriously write about the crusades or the Reconuista or you should be a very conscious and objective historian and forget all about the other periods make tabula rasa and start all over again Lewis seems to mix up eras and that The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms is unacceptable for any historian certainly when you tackle a touchy subject like this Other than this serious flaw Le Loup de Wall Street in historical practice the book The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom is also very dense and even an engaged reader might lose the narrative very easily through the endless summary of facts and names Even a trained historian like me struggles to keep track of the main characters and events That Lewis wants to bury his reader under learned words and crafty sentences does not help at all Except for the lesson that the Christian West supposedly was backward and the Muslim East religiously tolerant and sophisticated the other lines of thought don t come across clear I couldn t shake of the feeling that the author was completely siding with the Muslim occupation something you tend to forget when reading this book the Muslims are the aggressors A poils et à plumes : 70 recettes de gibier in the conflict not the other way around For example when Christian kings would remove a competitor or even Dark Dreams : A Collection of Horror and Suspense by Black Writers indulge Lingua galega e literatura 3º ESO. LOMCE (Libro de texto) in fratricide Lewis opens up his full register of condescending words When a Muslim ruler has his opponents beheaded and yes they did kill off family too Yoga Pretzels (Yoga Cards) it gets nothing than a dry notification It gets even worse violence by a Muslim ruler How to Outline A Cozy Mystery: Workbook is often considered a necessary political XH 2 (XEOGRAFIA E HISTORIA)SEPARATA AULA 3D: 000002 - 9788468239118 instrument but how Lonely Planet Colombia (Travel Guide) is Candida-Related Complex: What Your Doctor Might Be Missing it different than what the Christian rulers did The act Ghost (Track Book 1) is the same but the description Learn Japanese - Level 3: Lower Beginner Japanese, Volume 2: Lessons 1-25 is not One Org Design for Design Orgs: Building and Managing In-House Design Teams is political astute the other a base murderer To me both acts are what they are political murder And as a historian I wisely keep my personal opinion to myself Lewis makes Minutes to Kill (Scarlet Falls Book 2) it a very black and white account of a much subtle historyMy advice Read other books first like A vanished world Medieval Spain s golden age of enlightenment by Chris Lowney Then when you read this book keep the bias Bob Books: Sight Words, 1st Grade in mind and don t get overwhelmed by Lewis Chrysostom speech

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

characters God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215 ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB free read í eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ David Levering Lewis David Levering Lewis ´ 7 read & download Ccounts of some of the greatest battles in world history reveals how cosmopolitan Muslim al Andalus flourished a beacon of cooperation and tolerance between Islam Judaism and Christianity while proto Europe defining itself in opposition to Islam made virtues out of hereditary aristocracy religious intolerance perpetual war and slavery A cautionary tale God's Crucible provides a new interpretation of world altering events whose influence remains as current as today's headline. We are constantly bombarded by extreme portrayals of Islam and associated references to the perennial conflicts among Islam Judaism and Christianity When I heard about God s Crucible and its promise to explain the history of Islam and depict a period of cooperation among religions in Europe I was very enthusiastic I finally got a library copy of it and have now managed to plow through it For the first third of the book I felt like I was reading prosopography it is dominated by a listing of names and places that can only be of interest to period scholars The middle third picks up a bit and gets into the development of the various forces involved Skim the first uickly read the second and then enjoy the last third of the book in which we learn about the dynamics behind the Islam ascendancy in Andalusia how Charlemagne built and then suandered a proto European confederation and what happens when Military minds and the Catholic Church choose to rule together not pretty This was not an easy read and yet I am really glad I did finish it A better editor would have cleaned up the sometimes jarring transitions between chapters and might have clarified the intended audience the book seems originally to have collected lectures addressed to academics and then to have been repurposed and expanded for a general audience It ends up feeling a bit muddled which is too bad because there is some very interesting material in there and it could have been a effective book Read it anyway Miss Manners' Guide to a Surprisingly Dignified Wedding in world history reveals how cosmopolitan Muslim al Andalus flourished a beacon of cooperation and tolerance between Islam Judaism and Christianity while proto Europe defining From Ice To Flames (A West Brothers Novel) (English Edition) itself Do You Want to Start a Scandal in opposition to Islam made virtues out of hereditary aristocracy religious One Man Out: Curt Flood versus Baseball (Landmark Law Cases and American Society) intolerance perpetual war and slavery A cautionary tale God's Crucible provides a new Camping pour la Première Fois: Série HH, La première fois T1 interpretation of world altering events whose Python pour les maths: Dès 14 ans. Nouvelle matière du programme du collège et du lycée. influence remains as current as today's headline. We are constantly bombarded by extreme portrayals of Islam and associated references to the perennial conflicts among Islam Judaism and Christianity When I heard about God s Crucible and Lighthouses 2013 Calendar its promise to explain the history of Islam and depict a period of cooperation among religions Dinner: Changing the Game in Europe I was very enthusiastic I finally got a library copy of The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms it and have now managed to plow through Le Loup de Wall Street it For the first third of the book I felt like I was reading prosopography The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom it A poils et à plumes : 70 recettes de gibier is dominated by a listing of names and places that can only be of Dark Dreams : A Collection of Horror and Suspense by Black Writers interest to period scholars The middle third picks up a bit and gets Lingua galega e literatura 3º ESO. LOMCE (Libro de texto) into the development of the various forces Yoga Pretzels (Yoga Cards) involved Skim the first uickly read the second and then enjoy the last third of the book How to Outline A Cozy Mystery: Workbook in which we learn about the dynamics behind the Islam ascendancy XH 2 (XEOGRAFIA E HISTORIA)SEPARATA AULA 3D: 000002 - 9788468239118 in Andalusia how Charlemagne built and then suandered a proto European confederation and what happens when Military minds and the Catholic Church choose to rule together not pretty This was not an easy read and yet I am really glad I did finish Lonely Planet Colombia (Travel Guide) it A better editor would have cleaned up the sometimes jarring transitions between chapters and might have clarified the Candida-Related Complex: What Your Doctor Might Be Missing intended audience the book seems originally to have collected lectures addressed to academics and then to have been repurposed and expanded for a general audience It ends up feeling a bit muddled which Ghost (Track Book 1) is too bad because there Learn Japanese - Level 3: Lower Beginner Japanese, Volume 2: Lessons 1-25 is some very Org Design for Design Orgs: Building and Managing In-House Design Teams interesting material Minutes to Kill (Scarlet Falls Book 2) in there and Bob Books: Sight Words, 1st Grade it could have been a effective book Read Amazon.com: Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences eBook: Nancy Duarte: Kindle Store it anyway

free read í eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ David Levering Lewis

characters God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215 ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB free read í eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ David Levering Lewis David Levering Lewis ´ 7 read & download N power religion and culture to Dark Ages Europe David Levering Lewis's masterful history begins with the fall of the Persian and Roman empires followed by the rise of the prophet Muhammad and the creation of Muslim Spain Five centuries of engagement between the Muslim imperium and an emerging Europe followed from the Muslim conuest of Visigoth Hispania in 711 to Latin Christendom's declaration of unconditional warfare on the Caliphate in 1215 Lewis's narrative filled with a. What could have been did not happen What did happen should not have beenThere is a keen sense of historical disappointment that David Levering Lewis weaves through God s Crucible Islam and the Making of Europe 570 to 1215 If only the barbaric French Christians lost the Battle of Poitiers Tours to those advanced Arab invadersOK this probably got your attention Many narratives that look at the sweep of history are unabashedly pro Western No matter how barbaric Medieval Europe was a case is made that this conflict of many smaller states was the competitive incubator of technological and cultural advancement while Islam could only offer stasis and eventual backwardness Lewis doesn t buy it He contends that cultural commercial and scientific advancement as well as tolerance of religious minorities were the advantages Islam had to offer His lab for this proof Medieval Spain His basis for comparison MerovingianCarolingian FranceRather than succumb to linear history Lewis likes to dwell at its hinge points when things could have turned out differently if a factor was present instead of absent Had a assertive Ethiopian power maintained its grip on the Red Sea coastline of Arabia perhaps islam never would have gained its first fragile foothold when Mohammed experienced his revelation But no greater power was there to enforce a religious orthodoxy so in the barren desert a seed with portentous conseuence was planted and took root The explosive rise of Islam had less to do with Arab ferocity and to do with power filling a vacuum Byzantium and Sassanid Persia were exhausted after a century of constant warfare providing no force to contain the Moslem sweep coming out of the worthless wastes of Arabia a land both superpowers ignored Here Lewis lays down several chapters on Mohammed s life and the early history of Islam the Ummayid Caliphate and the schism between Shiite and Sunni The fact that Islam could not build a second Roman empire ringing the Mediterranean had to do with political conflicts within the Caliphate and less to do with any valiant defense by a fragmented and barbaric ChristendomWith the presence of this foreign other pushing into southern France the birth of European identity came at an unpromising time The able strongmen who really ruled Merovingian France were able to hold their own against Islam s waning tide but Lewis grants them little credit The Arab failure to conuer leaves France and Church enough breathing space to make common cause and in the simple act of building a polity turn a speed bump into a low wall Might makes right as Charlemagne spreads Christianity at swordpoint through Germany It was easier than trying to do the same in Islamic Spain But the peaceful pursuit of knowledge becomes a barren sprout in Charlemagne s court while across the Pyrenees it reaches full flower under a kinder tolerant multi cultural Islamic caliphate Nothing lasts forever Eventually orthodoxy and intolerance will hobble the strength of Islamic Spain just as surely as it strengthens the petty Christian kings in the Iberian north country The rest of the story goes downhill from there Lewis writes his book with a rich prose style deeply laced with well chosen metaphors that describe much in a phrase or a sentence Just the uality of his writing is enough to tempt a reader out of his complacent field of favorite books to try something new or different But Lewis will challenge the reader to reconsider the Cross vs Crescent argument Taken from the Western view Christianity s survival against the Islamic tide is a cultural as well as a religious victory seemingly inevitable But history is a long and twisted path with many branches where the tale could have turned left instead of right if something different happened at the right moment Maybe Europe would have been better off under a caliph instead of a king Lewis raises this uestion with a skeptic s courage Sadly readers may answer this uestion with an understanding of today s headlines rather than yesterday s facts making Lewis book a hard sell indeed