Sea of Faith: Islam and Christianity in the Medieval Mediterranean World

Sea of Faith: Islam and Christianity in the Medieval Mediterranean World

Stephen O'Shea


The lengthy, shared historical past of Christianity and Islam started, presently after Islam emerged within the early 7th century A.D., with a query: Who may inherit the Greco-Roman global of the Mediterranean? Sprung from an analogous source―Abraham and the Revelation given to the Jews―the faiths performed out over the process the following millennium what historian Stephen O'Shea calls "a sibling contention writ very large." Their cataclysmic clashes at the battlefield have been balanced by way of lengthy sessions of co-existence and mutual enrichment, and through the top of the 16th century the non secular barriers of the fashionable international have been drawn.

In Sea of Faith, O'Shea chronicles either the assembly of minds and the collisions of armies that marked the interplay of go and Crescent within the center Ages―the higher to appreciate their it sounds as if intractable clash this day. For all of the nice and eternal moments of cultural interchange and tolerance―in Cordoba, Palermo, Constantinople―the final "geography of trust " used to be selected the battlefield. O'Shea vividly recounts seven pivotal battles among the forces of Christianity and Islam that formed the Mediterranean world―from the lack of the Christian heart East to the Muslims at Yarmuk (Turkey) in 636 to the stemming of the possible unstoppable Ottoman tide at Malta in 1565. In among, the battles raged around the Mediterranean, from Poitiers in France and Hattin within the Holy Land through the peak of the Crusades, to the famed contest for Constantinople in 1453 that signaled the top of Byzantium. up to the armies have been influenced by means of trust, their exploits have been encouraged via leaders corresponding to Charles Martel, Saladin, and Mehmet II, whose stirring feats have been occasionally observed via unforeseen adjustments of heart.

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