Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Qty:1
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Two Faiths, One Banner: W... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Acceptable | Details
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: No guarantee on products that contain supplements and some products may include highlighting and writing.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Two Faiths, One Banner: When Muslims Marched with Christians across Europe's Battlegrounds Paperback – August 15, 2011

3.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$22.00
$15.43 $15.14

Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling by Meathead Goldwyn
"Meathead" by Meathead Goldwyn
Explore this cookbook which blends chemistry, physics, meat science, and humor, with hundreds of full-color photos by the author. Learn more | See related books
$22.00 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 3 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Almond, an associate professor and Islamic specialist at Georgia State University, draws on a multitude of sources to create an alternate history of interactions between Christians and Muslims in Europe over 800 years, boldly concentrating on unity and collaboration instead of friction and division. His approach shows how Muslims were a vital and regular part of Europe and its true history, not the European history he believes is being airbrushed to exclude Jews and Muslims. Almond's examples prove his point; he cites Muslim and Christian sharing of languages, cultures and lifestyles throughout Europe, the use of Muslim-style florals and geometric design in European church architecture of the 13th century and, of perhaps the utmost significance, leaders who sought the aid of Muslim armies when their country was being invaded. Reports during the Crimean War testified to cooperation and even warmth between Christian and Muslim soldiers. Muslims were also on both sides in the battle for Constantinople in 1453. Even the Turkish siege of Vienna in 1683 has been overdramatized to create or emphasize a clash of civilizations paradigm. Almond chastises those who promote stereotypes—such as the Terrible Turks—and suggests that the goal of such government and media-propagated mythologizing is to use Muslims to distract from problems within modern-day society and governance. (Apr.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review

An excellent history, it is at the same time high drama, with characters noble and base, involved in the adventure of their lives. These are astonishing materials presented through careful and reliable scholarship. A most unusual gem of a book full of human stories told with lucidity and charm. (Nur Yalman)

Almond draws on a multitude of sources to create an alternate history of interactions between Christians and Muslims in Europe over 800 years, boldly concentrating on "unity and collaboration instead of friction and division." His approach shows how Muslims were a vital and regular part of Europe and its true history, not the European history he believes is being "airbrushed" to exclude Jews and Muslims...Almond chastises those who promote stereotypes--such as the Terrible Turks--and suggests that the goal of such government and media-propagated mythologizing is to use Muslims to distract from problems within modern-day society and governance. (Publishers Weekly 2009-03-09)
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (September 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674061764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674061767
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,886,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
"Two Faiths, One Banner" is on the ROROTOKO list of cutting-edge intellectual nonfiction. Professor Almond's book interview ran here as cover feature on April 28, 2009.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
A textbook example of the detrimental impact of political correctness on scholarship. I do not recommend this book to anyone.

Its like reading that the Germans and French did not fight against each other during World War II but instead formed an alliance. The proof would be the the existence of "33rd Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS Charlemagne".

The book is a waste of time and pen. The publisher has make a grave error in judgement. The author is senile and a megaphone for the failed multiculturalism.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As I said in my title to this review, the author takes a few historical situations where Muslims and Christians fought on the same side for some short-term or convenient reason and then expands his thesis as a learning point in the present day that Muslims should not be vilified by Christians. He might well have used Desert Storm where Christians and Muslims fought together against Saddam Hussein's Iraq, but none of this proves anything. Even in the cases cited, there is little to learn as all have been well-covered in other historical works.

The author is British and presents a very European point of view from the far left-wing, and indeed he has published in the left-wing UK journal "Radical Philosophy." There is a substantial amount of "British Empire Syndrome" visible here, and evidently the author fell in love with Turkey, its people and Islam during his six years in Turkey. One is reminded of Lawrence of Arabia but without the heroics and literary skill.

The case in Chapter 4, where Protestant Hungarians fought with the Ottoman army in the siege of Vienna in 1683, is perhaps the worst bit of scholarship I have read. There is no mention of the recently concluded Thirty Years War that pitted Catholic Austria (the Habsburg Empire/Holy Roman Empire) against the Protestants (it was much more complex than that, but for the moment, that will do since the Protestants were heavily persecuted and decimated in that war by the Habsburgs) and the effects of that war. The Protestants in Czechoslovakia were eliminated and the Hungarian Protestants, Calvinists, Lutherans and Unitarians, were isolated and further persecuted by Leopold.
Read more ›
3 Comments 20 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Ian Almond shows with much conviction that the convenient omission of Muslims from Christian armies - and vice versa - in historical records is not an isolated incident. This collective amnesia reflects a view of history that is similar to driving a car in a thick fog without much visibility ahead or behind. Mr. Almond came to the realization that the writing of history was not like climbing a hill from which one could acquire an expanding view of an increasingly bigger area. Most people do not learn more and more about themselves. They modify their history continually (pp. 220-221).

For this reason, Mr. Almond invites his audience to (re)discover through his selection of five military conflicts that Christians and Muslims occasionally fought on the same side against people of their own faith for one or more of the following reasons (pp. 218-219):

A. There were times when impeding invasions or assaults brought together communities which otherwise felt little sympathy for one another. For example, Christians made up more than 50% of the `Ottoman' army marching against the Hapsburgs during the siege of Vienna in 1683 C.E. This observation becomes `understandable' when readers consider two facts: 1) Hungary's Protestants resented the colonial attitude of the Catholic Hapsburgs. Furthermore, the lot of Hungarian peasantry was that of serfs whose living conditions were atrocious (pp. 144-147; 175).

B. Another related reason is the hatred of a common enemy. In the second half of the 11th century C.E., two of the steadiest coalitions arose between on one hand, the Christian kingdom of Leon-Castile and Muslim Zaragoza, and on the other hand, the Christian kingdoms of Aragon and Catalonia and Muslim Lerida.
Read more ›
1 Comment 19 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
This book claims to show that there is no 'Clash of Civilizations' but showing that Muslims and Christians often fought together against common enemies. But the actual accounts show that in fact this is not true. THere is only one or two accounts of Muslims joining Christians to fight other Muslims. In fact the book is primiarly a series of vignettes of Christians helping Muslims, sometimes forced to do so as vassals or slaves, kill, enslave and slaughter other Christians. This is not an example of an alliance of Christians and Muslims against common enemies, it is merely an example of Muslim armies exploiting Christian differences to carve up and colonize Christian Europe.

The Ottomans were experts at this, pressing Armenians and Greeks and other colonized East European Christians into service to fight Catholics and other Orthodox Christians.

This book is simply not as advertised. There was no collaboration between Muslims and Christians against fellow Muslims. The 'alliance' simply went one way, the collaboration went one way.

Seth J. Frantzman
3 Comments 24 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Two Faiths, One Banner: When Muslims Marched with Christians across Europe's Battlegrounds
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Two Faiths, One Banner: When Muslims Marched with Christians across Europe's Battlegrounds
Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: church history