From Library Journal
Cardini (medieval history, Univ. of Florence, Italy) here examines the nature of the contacts between Islam and Europe, how these contacts have changed or not changed over the centuries, and why they occurred in the first place. Cardini's book is part of a larger multipublisher endeavor that seeks to examine the ongoing process of the making, or evolution, of 21st-century Europe. The continent has contained a large Muslim minority for centuries, but prior to the 15th century, Muslims were largely found in the Iberian Peninsula. Since then, this population has spread throughout southeastern Europe. Cardini concentrates on Mediterranean Islam (Turkey, the Middle East, and North Africa), as this is the form of Islam that most Europeans have had contact with. His look at the attitudes and prejudices that have informed the interactions between these two communities will help form the basis from which a more complete understanding can evolve. This book should prove useful to both specialists and general readers; highly recommended for academic and public libraries. Robert J. Andrews, Duluth P.L., MN
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"This volume covers much ground: Western (mis)understandings of Islam, efforts to refute Islam, and latterly, to study it more objectively. Lucid and subtle ... recommended for undergraduates and above." Choice
"Europe and Islam is one of the titles in Blackwell's fine series the Making of Europe ... this is one of the rare treatments covering the expanse of 1,400 years of Islamic history in a single volume ... a worthy introduction to the topic of contacts between the Western world and Muslims." History: Reviews of New Books
"Europe and Islam is an interesting, readable text. It is perfect for university seminars in that it provides an overview of the history of the Christian-Muslim encounters and is sure to generate discussion and debate. And specialists will want to have a copy on their bookshelves as a reference..." Islam and Christian-Muslim relations