By Andrew Wheatcroft
This is the 1st panoptic background of the lengthy fight among the Christian West and Islam.
In this dazzlingly written, acutely nuanced account, Andrew Wheatcroft tracks a deep fault line of animosity among civilizations. He starts off with a gorgeous account of the conflict of Lepanto in 1571, then turns to the most zones of clash: Spain, from which the descendants of the Moors have been finally expelled; the center East, the place Crusaders and Muslims clashed for years; and the Balkans, the place far-off thoughts spurred atrocities even into the 20th century. all through, Wheatcroft delves underneath stereotypes, having a look incisively at how pictures, rules, language, and expertise (from the printing press to the Internet), in addition to politics, faith, and conquest, have allowed both sides to demonize the opposite, revive outdated grievances, and gas throughout centuries a doubtless unquenchable enmity. ultimately, Wheatcroft tells how this fraught heritage resulted in our current maelstrom. we won't, he argues, come to phrases with today’s puzzling animosities with out confronting this darkish prior.
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As a result of this, and the ﬂawed and archaic methodology, it becomes increasingly diﬃcult to locate Hausherr’s line of argument within a plethora of patristic proof texts. The ﬁnal three Chapters, which consider two ‘eﬀects of penthos’ and sum up his ﬁndings, are equally problematic, for the same reason that they do not approach their sources with suﬃcient sensitivity to the writers’ own intentions and cultural-theological situation. There is no index, and the bibliography consists merely of two pages of abbreviations, which are not adequately explained.
163 He proposes reﬁning this by drawing instead on: a series of individual studies on the various masters whom Hausherr so widely cites. 164 Driscoll illustrates this brilliantly in his methodical appraisal of seven of Evagrios’ chapters on prayer. He explores his chosen text in far more detail than Hausherr does any of his multitude of texts. Driscoll identiﬁes the need to place the texts cited in their context, locating them within the tradition as a whole, and connecting them to other 160 1994.
Stepaniants (1994) 59. Hourani (1991) 73. Quoted Huidberg (1962) 146. 109, cited Renard (1998) 57. Logothetis (2000) 59–61. Vlachos (1994), especially 143, 183, 252, 280 and 320. introduction 19 more will be said about her work when considering the secondary material on the subject. But there is plenty within the eastern territories of the Medieval world to provide the basis for a coherent appraisal of the subject. Common theological and pragmatic experiences of God and his Church bind together a desert father, a Byzantine abbot, a Syrian monk and a deacon, who are the narrators in this account.
Infidels: A History of the Conflict Between Christendom and Islam by Andrew Wheatcroft