GOD'S ARMIES -- CRUSADE AND JIHAD: ORIGINS, HISTORY, AFTERMATH by Malcolm Lambert
God's Armies - Crusade and Jihad: Origins, History, Aftermath by Malcolm Lambert
Crusade and jihad are often reckoned to have represented two sides of the same coin: each resonated on the opposing sides in the holy wars of the Middle Ages and each has been invoked during the current war on terror. A chronicle of the Christian and Islamic struggle to control the sacred places of the Middle East between the seventh and thirteenth centuries, this dynamic new history demonstrates that this simple opposition ignores crucial differences.
Placing an equal emphasis on the inner histories of Christianity and Islam, the narrative traces the origins and development of crusade and jihad, showing, for example, that jihad reflected internal tensions in Islam from its beginnings. The narrative also reveals the ways in which crusade and jihad were used to disguise ambitions for power and to justify atrocity and yet also inspired acts of great chivalry and heroic achievement. The story brims with larger than life characters, among them Richard the Lionheart, Nur al-Din, Saladin, Baybars, and Genghis Khan.
This vivid, balanced account will interest all readers who wish to understand the complexities of the medieval world and how it relates to our own.
Pegasus Books, Hardcover, 1st Edition, 1st Printing, 2016
THIS IS A BRAND NEW BOOK. THERE IS A BLACK "CLOSEOUT/REMAINDER" MARK ON THE BOTTOM PAGE EDGES