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"A furiously complex age; a powerful
narrative."―New York Times Book Review, Editor's
Choice

Hailed by critics as an essential book, God's
Crucible
is a bold, new interpretation of Islamic Spain and the
birth of Europe from one of our greatest historians. David Levering
Lewis's narrative, filled with accounts of some of the greatest battles
in world history, reveals how cosmopolitan, Muslim al-Andalus
flourished―a beacon of cooperation and tolerance―while proto-Europe
floundered in opposition.At the beginning of the eighth century, the
Arabs brought a momentous revolution in power, religion, and culture to
Dark Ages Europe. David Levering Lewis's masterful history begins with
the fall of the Persian and Roman empires, followed by the rise of the
prophet Muhammad and the creation of Muslim Spain. Five centuries of
engagement between the Muslim imperium and an emerging Europe followed,
from the Muslim conquest of Visigoth Hispania in 711 to Latin
Christendom's declaration of unconditional warfare on the Caliphate in
1215. Lewis's narrative, filled with accounts of some of the greatest
battles in world history, reveals how cosmopolitan, Muslim al-Andalus
flourished―a beacon of cooperation and tolerance between Islam, Judaism,
and Christianity―while proto-Europe, defining itself in opposition to
Islam, made virtues out of hereditary aristocracy, religious
intolerance, perpetual war, and slavery. A cautionary tale, God's
Crucible
provides a new interpretation of world-altering events
whose influence remains as current as today's headlines. 8 pages of
color illustrations; 4 maps

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