The Crusades, Christianity, and Islam is a very important intervention on a topic not only of current interest but also of pressing importance. Jonathan Riley-Smith shows why and how history matters.(Adam Kosto, associate professor of history, Columbia University)
Jonathan Riley-Smith has written a scintillating and thought-provoking book. He provides a compelling survey not just of the place of crusading in medieval reflection about the ethics of violence and the Christian's achievement of salvation but also of how the revival of crusading rhetoric by nineteenth-century imperialists generated the Islamic association of crusading with 'Western' aggression that is so conspicuous today.
This richly informed little book should be considered essential for understanding crusading, then and now.(Booklist (starred review))
This is a powerhouse of a book, enlightening, well-written and accessible, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to understand the crusades.(Melissa Snell About.com)
A Booklist 2008 Editors' Choice(Booklist - Editors' Choice)
This slender volume provides an interesting insight into the way in which contemporary history has had an impact on studies of the crusades.(James M Powell Catholic Historical Reivew)
Brimming with insights, approachable by anyone interested in the subject.(Thomas F. Madden First Things)
An excellent book.(John France The International History Review)
About the Author
Jonathan Riley-Smith, Dixie Professor Emeritus of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Cambridge, is the author of nine books, including The Knights of St. John in Jerusalem and Cyprus, c. 1050–1310; The Feudal Nobility and the Kingdom of Jerusalem, 1174–1277; What Were the Crusades? fourth edition; The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading; The Crusades: A History, second edition; The First Crusaders, 1095–1131; and Templars and Hospitallers as Professed Religious in the Holy Land.