Europe and the Islamic World: A History by Henry Laurens, John Tolan, Gilles Veinstein

By Henry Laurens, John Tolan, Gilles Veinstein

Europe and the Islamic international sheds much-needed gentle at the shared roots of Islamic and Western cultures and at the richness in their inextricably intertwined histories, refuting as soon as and for all of the erroneous concept of a "clash of civilizations" among the Muslim global and Europe. during this landmark booklet, 3 eminent historians carry to existence the complicated and tumultuous family among Genoans and Tunisians, Alexandrians and the folk of Constantinople, Catalans and Maghrebis--the myriad teams and participants whose tales replicate the typical cultural, highbrow, and spiritual history of Europe and Islam.

Since the 7th century, while the armies of Constantinople and Medina fought for regulate of Syria and Palestine, there was ongoing touch among the Muslim international and the West. This sweeping background vividly recounts the wars and the crusades, the alliances and international relations, trade and the slave exchange, expertise transfers, and the highbrow and inventive exchanges. right here readers are given an remarkable creation to key sessions and occasions, together with the Muslim conquests, the cave in of the Byzantine Empire, the economic revolution of the medieval Mediterranean, the highbrow and cultural achievements of Muslim Spain, the crusades and Spanish reconquest, the increase of the Ottomans and their conquest of a 3rd of Europe, ecu colonization and decolonization, and the demanding situations and promise of this entwined legacy today.

As provocative because it is groundbreaking, this booklet describes this shared historical past in all its richness and variety, revealing how ongoing encounters among Europe and Islam have profoundly formed both.

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837); the concept of ordinate love, each object except the last being loved for the sake of another higher than itself (Plato Lysis 219-20); the question whether the happy and self-sufficient man needs friends-in the Muslim context, whether God as self-sufficient can be described as loving (Aristotle Ethics ix. 9. 1169b); the denial of love between God and man (Aristotle Ethics viii. 7. 1159a); the contrary assertion, that love is the means of all intercourse between God and man (Plato Symposium 203); from the Old Testament love conceived as obedience to the divine law (Deut.

Interestingly, some radical departures from this approach are to be found in Munyat al-muhibbin. Page 11 2. Selection and Organization of Literary Material: Ibn al-Jawzi's Dhamm al-hawa THE Dhamm al-hawa or Censure of passion of Abu 'l-Faraj ' Abd al-Rahman b. 'Ali al-Baghdadi, known as Ibn al-Jawzi (d. 597/1200), 1 represents at once the definitive selection of traditional material to support the Hanbalite doctrine of profane love and the first major analytical treatment of the subject produced by a Hanbalite jurist.

Quotations such as these anticipate a later Hanbalite equa- Page 17 tion of love for objects other than God with shirk (idolatry or polytheism). It is not surprising to find the hadith on hawa muttaba' among the traditions which the author of the Rawda borrows from this section of Dhamm al-hawa. 22Ibn al-Qayyim usually omits material of this nature when borrowing from Dhamm al-hawa. In the verses of poetry Ibn al-Jawzi cites to reinforce his argument against passion, a predominant motif is the paronomasia hawa = hawan, emphasizing that passion brings its victim to disgrace.

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