Two Faiths, One Banner : When Muslims Marched with Christians Across Europe's Battlegrounds
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Yayıncı I.B. Tauris ( 12 / 2008 ) ISBN 9781845116552 | Ciltli | İngilizce | Türler Dünya Siyasi Tarihi
When Englishman and Turk fell side by side in the killing fields of the Crimea, it was not the first time that Christian and Muslim blood was shed, and intermingled, in the cause of battling a common foe. It is fashionable today to talk of a 'clash of civilizations', and of an unbridgeable chasm between the Islamic world and Christendom. But in this bold and iconoclastic book Ian Almond demonstrates that in Europe, the heart of the west, Muslims and Christians repeatedly formed alliances to wage war against their own faiths and peoples.We learn of Arab troops rallying in their thousands for Christian emperors outside the walls of Verona. Of Spanish Muslims standing shoulder to shoulder with their Christian Catalan neighbours in opposition to Castilians. Of comradely Greeks and Turks forming a steadfast bulwark against Serbs and Bulgarians, their mutual enemy. And of tens of thousands of Hungarian Protestants assisting the Ottomans in their implacable and terrifying march on Christian Vienna. As the author shows, any notion that 'Christian Europe' has long been opposed by a 'Muslim non-Europe' grossly misrepresents the facts of a rich, complex and - above all, shared history.
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