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Monday, September 7, 2009

Book Review: Sea of Faith

I just posted a review at Amazon of Sea of Faith: Islam and Christianity in the Medieval Mediterranean World by Stephen O'Shea.

I didn't care for it much:
Elegant attacks on medieval Christianity are half of what makes Mr. O'Shea a fashionable writer. The other half is his fawning treatment of Islamic despots based on their urbane coolness. One gets the impression that for O'Shea the depredations of, say, Mehmet II are more than made up for by Mehmet's building of a hip and cosmopolitan city in Constantinople (right after he and his army slaughtered, raped, and pillaged the original Christian population).

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