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The Resource God's armies : crusade and Jihad: origins, history, aftermath, Malcolm Lambert

God's armies : crusade and Jihad: origins, history, aftermath, Malcolm Lambert

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God's armies : crusade and Jihad: origins, history, aftermath
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God's armies
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crusade and Jihad: origins, history, aftermath
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Malcolm Lambert
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crusade and jihad: origins, history, aftermath
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"Recognizing that the Christian crusades unfolded in a world shaped by Islamic jihads, Lambert scrutinizes both militant forms of religion simultaneously. In a world where memories of crusader atrocities sustain virulent new forms of jihad, such balanced scholarship offers hope of interfaith understanding." -- Booklist
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  • In this readable, although not groundbreaking, survey of the history of military interaction between the Middle East and Western Europe, Lambert (Christians and Pagans), formerly a professor of theology and medieval history at the University of Bristol, provides a chronological overview of the development of Islam, starting with a brief biography of Mohammed, before focusing on the crusades and papal history in Western Europe. He touches on the development of the caliphate and the succession of Islamic leadership after the death of Mohammed. He mentions the various groups that sought to interpret Mohammed’s original vision, including Sufism, and the ninth-century split in Shiism. His consideration of jihad is interesting but not very detailed. The bulk of the volume is focused on Islamic history—presumably the least familiar to the audience of nonspecialists Lambert anticipates—but he also retells the story of the Crusades from 1095 to the fall of Acre in 1291. The coverage of the crusader period is the most detailed, and Lambert touches only briefly on the Ottoman Empire and Suleiman the Magnificent, moving through the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries in a single chapter. The book would have benefited from a reduction in scope; the amount of material is simply overwhelming. Despite this, readers will find a reasonably good introduction to the topic, and Lambert’s suggested “further reading” will be of great use to those looking to dig deeper. Agent: George Lucas, Inkwell Management (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed 08/08/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 32, p)
  • Enthusiastically embracing intricacy and eschewing oversimplification, medieval history scholar Lambert (Medieval Heresy) boldly plunges into the struggle between Christianity and Islam to control the Middle East between the seventh and 13th centuries. As a framework for his absorbing narrative, the author traces the development of the intertwined concepts of jihad and crusade. Paying careful attention to nuance, Lambert avoids pitting these as monolithically polar opposites, instead exploring the internal tensions within both religions, as well as some of their surprising similarities. In flowing and accessible prose with minimal footnotes, this book includes a fascinating cast of personalities such as Egyptian sultan Saladin, king of England Richard the Lionheart, and fourth sultan of Egypt Baybars. The last few chapters look at the continuing effects of jihad and crusade up to the present, post-9/11 world. VERDICT With keen insight into the contemporary implications of medieval history and a refreshing absence of easy answers, this book is recommended not only for history buffs but for anyone seeking a better understanding of the deep roots of today's news stories. --Brian Sullivan (Reviewed 09/01/2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 14, p123)
  • A Medieval history expert introduces readers to the epic struggle for the Near East, spanning the dawn of Islam to the rise of the Ottoman Empire and beyond.In a work that can be somewhat overwhelming in its breadth of history and geography, Lambert (Christians and Pagans: The Conversion of Britain from Alban to Bede, 2010, etc.) provides a full introduction to the politics, warfare, and intrigue that marked Christian-Islamic history for many centuries—and which still colors it today. Readers will find many familiar names within these pages—Richard the Lionheart, Saladin, Genghis Khan, Suleiman, among several others—as well as a host of little-known warriors, potentates, divines, and, notably, women who helped create the history of the era. In the process of telling this story, Lambert hopes to dispel myths on both sides of history. Realizing that both “crusade” and “jihad” have been politicized in modern parlance, he attempts to humanize these concepts by sharing the real lives behind these broad terms. He presents leaders and warriors of all stripes, from those motivated by faith and a desire to do right to those motivated by a hunger for power, profit, or revenge. The author also makes it clear that discerning “good” versus “bad” actors throughout these centuries is almost impossible. Readers will learn a great deal about how Medieval Christian and Islamic warfare and power-shifting set up the violence we see even today, from lingering anger over the Crusades to the Sunni-Shiite split. If there is any truly overriding theme, it is the pervasiveness of violence throughout this period. Some readers may become numb after several chapters detailing how captives were executed, hostages murdered, rulers assassinated, and one political opponent after another brutally tortured—all in the name of God or Allah. An all-encompassing introduction to the Christian-Islamic struggle for the armchair history buff.(Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 1900)
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Lambert, Malcolm
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956/.01
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crusade and jihad: origins, history, aftermath
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God's armies : crusade and Jihad: origins, history, aftermath, Malcolm Lambert
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 276-282) and index
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The origins of Islam -- The search for the just society -- The dog that did not bark -- The first crusade -- The great might-have-been -- From warlord to jihadi: Nur al-Din and Saladin -- Saladin and the Lionheart -- Strategic crusades and the coming of the Mongols -- The victory of the Mamluks -- The long aftermath -- Modern times -- Reflections
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1717006
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Extent
xix, 329 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
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9781681772240
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations, maps, genelogical tables
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  • (Sirsi) i9781681772240
  • (OCoLC)959979394
Label
God's armies : crusade and Jihad: origins, history, aftermath, Malcolm Lambert
Publication
Distribution
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 276-282) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The origins of Islam -- The search for the just society -- The dog that did not bark -- The first crusade -- The great might-have-been -- From warlord to jihadi: Nur al-Din and Saladin -- Saladin and the Lionheart -- Strategic crusades and the coming of the Mongols -- The victory of the Mamluks -- The long aftermath -- Modern times -- Reflections
Control code
1717006
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Extent
xix, 329 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781681772240
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, genelogical tables
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781681772240
  • (OCoLC)959979394

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