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Friday, May 8, 2020

A History of Muslim-Christian Relations

The original of this book is now twenty years old, and I read it many years ago now, finding it profitable in places. I shall be keen to see what is updated in this second edition of Hugh Goddard, A History of Christian-Muslim Relations (Edinburgh University Press, 2020), 256pp.

The publisher gives us this short description of the book:
Christians and Muslims comprise the world's two largest religious communities. This book looks at the history of their relationship - part peaceful co-existence and part violent confrontation - from their first encounters in the medieval period up to the present. It emphasises the theological, cultural and political context in which perceptions and attitudes have developed and gives a depth of historical insight to the complex current Christian-Muslim interactions across the globe.

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