Christian-Muslim Exchange

Eric R Dursteler

in Renaissance and Reformation

ISBN: 9780195399301
Published online May 2010 | | DOI:
Christian-Muslim Exchange

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The historical relationship between Islam and Christianity has deep historiographical roots; however, given recent events and tensions, it has attracted much renewed interest. For a long time, the primary approach to Christian-Muslim exchange was through the prism of conflict. In time this was supplemented by two new branches, a literature that emphasized the significance of Islamic influences on medieval and early modern European developments, and a wide literature, primarily from the Western perspective, of Christian/European attitudes to and images of Islam and Islamic polities, particularly the Ottoman Empire. On the former point, some concerns have been raised that perhaps the pendulum has swung too far and that Islamic influences on everything from Dante to Copernicus have been exaggerated. In the past two decades, the study of Christian-Muslim exchange has produced a fruitful, more complex understanding of the interrelationship between the two heirs to the Greco-Roman Mediterranean.

Article.  4200 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

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