A concise survey of the long and complex history of relations between Europe and Islam, from the early seventh century to the present day. The book differs from other works in its inclusion of Russia as part of European civilization and in describing Russian relations with Islam. Mr. Gaiduk argues that in today's interrelated and interdependent world, lines of division run not between different civilizations but between civilization and the ills that threaten it.
Ilya V. Gaiduk is a Fellow of the Institute of World History in the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. He has also written The Soviet Union and the Vietnam War. He lives in Moscow.
A brilliant and hopeful analysis. -- Hugh Nissenson [Gaiduk] urges intercultural dialogue and cooperation between different peoples. * Middle East Journal * Gaiduk's scholarly work offers a view of the past and the present...refreshingly different from the view widely prevalent. -- A. G. Noorani * Frontline *
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