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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Polity Press; 1 edition (28 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745631932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745631936
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 526,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This vigorously argued book reveals the central role that Islam has played in European history. Following the movement of people, culture and religion from East to West, Goody breaks down the perceived opposition between Islam and Europe, showing Islam to be a part of Europe′s past and present. In an historical analysis of religious warfare and forced migration, Goody examines our understanding of legitimate violence, ethnic cleansing and terrorism. His comparative perspective offers important and illuminating insights into current political problems and conflicts.

Goody traces three routes of Islam into Europe, following the Arab through North Africa, Spain and Mediterranean Europe; the Turk through Greece and the Balkans; and the Mongol through Southern Russia to Poland and Lithuania. Each thrust made its mark on Europe in terms of population and culture. Yet this was not merely a military impact: especially in Spain, but elsewhere too, Europe was substantially modified by this contact. Today it takes the form of some eleven million immigrants, not to speak of the possible incorporation of further millions through Bosnia, Albania and Turkey.

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Jack Goody is Emeritus William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology at St. Johns College, Cambridge.

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This is a fairly thin book but compressed with facts and information. The author was a Professor for History at Cambridge. Although he is not an expert on Islam in Europe as such, the book is a synthesis of information collected from a wide range of writers and sources covering 1400 years of history and a geographic spread covering all of Europe. It is therefore a very valuable piece of work and only someone with a historical training and undoubted command of scientific method as a history professor of Cambridge would be able to undertake. Despite the immense factual detail which is an enrichment and amusement at the same time, the author tried to show that Islamic thought is very strongly intertwined with parallel or subsequent intellectual developments in Europe and political and economic interdependence that common perception like to ignore. The common myth I grew up with of Islam v Europe and of a unseen border starting at the Bosphorus and Gibraltar are total non-sense. The overlap and interdependence of historical and intellectual developments are manifest and that there was a clear agenda by successive European dynasties to demonize or delete Islamic civilizations. Since Muslims today are not really the same as Muslims in the past, bigotry has found fertile ground to continue this demonisation. This should not however cloud the historical analysis that European philosophy, history, ideas etc. are deeply intertwined with that of Islam and that Muslims have been in Europe since the 7th century not since the 1950s. In all I must say it took me some effort to read through this dense book but I learned a substantial amount from it. I guess this book is geared towards university students (who will be examined and should have a command of the trends and some detail) or the educated lay person who wants to know more about European history, Islam and has a sense of mistrust towards mainstream media and education.
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Goody on Islam 13 Aug. 2005
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This volume gives an outstanding historic review of Islam, past and present with very clear indications of the religion, societal and civilized components of a group of humankind as it moved through Europe. Parallels can be gleened in the book of similar movements in the other world religions and reasons for migration. Goody very clearly indicates that the reader needs to see this civilization as of equal importance to any other in the world and respect and consideration needs to be components of understanding the complexities of this group. As with all societies the complexities and ambiguities are clearly evident.
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