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"[A] richly documented and attractively illustrated study." --Catholic News Service

"A brilliant study on a timely topic... The entire book shows impeccable scholarship, precise writing, and keen cultural insights that speak with unparalleled authoirty and ecumenical diplomacy. ...Highly recommended for all academic libraries." --Catholic Library World

"A welcome and useful survey of the changing European perspectives on Francis and al-Kamil, and will be a welcome addition for scholars and readers interested in Francis, his changing image, and European perspective on Islam."--The Catholic Historical Review

"...Tolan provides fascinating insights into the historical context in which the trestises and images under discussion came into being."--Bret Roset, Radboud University

"John Tolan has produced a richly detailed metahistory of an intriguing encounter between East and West, Islam and Christianity. The modest lesson we can draw from it, it seems, is that every encounter is pregnant with multiple meanings and interpretations. This, in turn, should move us to consider the best possible meaning and interpretation so as to better allow for mutual learning and understanding."--The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences

"No single individual would have the scholarly competence to cover this much material, and its authors list reads like a who's who of contemporary ecumenical critically orthodox theology...How well does the book accomplish its task? It is written and organized well, and the articles are uniformly of high quality. The writers are some of the best orthodox theologians today...It is an excellent starting point for further research and, to the best of my knowledge, there is nothing else like it. Some of the articles are gems, and all are worth reading."--The Living Church

About the Author

John V. Tolan was educated at Yale and Chicago. He has taught at universities in North America and Europe and is currently Professor of Medieval History at the University of Nantes. He has published widely in both French and English, including most recently Saracens: Islam in the Medieval European Imagination (2002).


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019923972X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199239726
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.1 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,123,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Tolan was born in Milwaukee and received a BA in Classics from Yale and an MA and PhD in History from the University of Chicago. He has taught and lectured in universities in North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East and is currently Professor of History at the University of Nantes (France). He works on the history of the rich web of relations in the medieval Mediterranean world, between Jews, Christians and Muslims. While conflict was common (then as now), cultural, intellectual and economic exchange was essential to the development of Arab, Latin and Byzantine cultures. Far from being the stage of a "clash of civilizations", the Mediterranean was (and is) complex mesh of variegated interdependent cultures. John Tolan makes public lectures in this field in North America, Europe and worldwide.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark P on October 5, 2012
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Great look at east meeting west so-to-speak. I used this for a class and really enjoyed it.I ordered another book about it and enjoyed it as well.
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