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Crusades Through Arab Eyes by
Call Number: 909.09767101 MAALCRUS1985
Publication Date: 1989-04-29
Retraces two critical centuries of Middle Eastern history, presents an intriguing chronicle of the Crusades, and offers insights into the forces that shape Arab and Islamic consciousness today.
Cultural Encounters During the Crusades by
Call Number: 940.1 JENSCULT2013
Publication Date: 2013-07-01
Cultural encounters during the crusades is an attempt to cover two distinct research areas that are both well-developed internationally, but seldom combined: Cultural studies of encounters and Crusade history. Cultural studies on encounters have often been concentrated on how societies have been able to overcome differences, continue a kind of 'Convivencia', and, as far as possible, reduce the potential for conflict. Here, encounters have been understood as adaptation, as inspiration and as loan from one culture to another. Studies on Crusade history, on the other hand, have often focused on the violent side of encounters. One part has delved into practical aspects of warfare, another part into ideological aspects: the theology of indulgence and martyrdom, the creation of a literature illustrating the cruelty of the enemy and a history-writing stressing the unavoidable conflict between cultures.
Culture and Conquest in Mongol Eurasia by
Call Number: 950.2 ALLSCULT2004 And Online
Publication Date: 2004-03-25
Breaks new scholarly boundaries in the exploration of cultural and scientific exchanges across Mongol Eurasia.
Europe and the Islamic World: A History by
Call Number: 303.482401767 TOLAEURO2013 And Online
Publication Date: 2012-11-04
Europe and the Islamic World sheds much-needed light on the shared roots of Islamic and Western cultures and on the richness of their inextricably intertwined histories, refuting once and for all the misguided notion of a "clash of civilizations" between the Muslim world and Europe. In this landmark book, three eminent historians bring to life the complex and tumultuous relations between Genoans and Tunisians, Alexandrians and the people of Constantinople, Catalans and Maghrebis--the myriad groups and individuals whose stories reflect the common cultural, intellectual, and religious heritage of Europe and Islam.
Intercultural Contacts in the Medieval Mediterranean by
Call Number: 909.09822 ARBEINTE1996
Publication Date: 1996-09-30
This volume touches upon many aspects of intercultural links in the medieval Mediterranean. The topic is perceived in the widest perspective, and covers not only strictly cultural and religious contacts, but also political, military, ethnic, social, institutional, scientific and technological relationships.
Islam and the West: A Historical Cultural Survey by
Call Number: 301.2956 HIT
Publication Date: 1979-04-01
Many examples of intercultural contact along with many other documents.
A few examples:
Syrians welcome Arabian invaders
Medieval Arab historian's view of the West
Crusaders as viewed by Muslims
Arab cultural superiority to the crusaders
and much, much more
Islamic Central Asia: An Anthology of Sources by
Call Number: 958 LEVIISLA2010 And Online
Publication Date: 2009-10-27
Islamic Central Asia is the first English-language anthology of primary documents for the study of Central Asian history. Scott C. Levi and Ron Sela draw from a vast array of historical sources to illustrate important aspects of the social, cultural, political, and economic history of Islamic Central Asia. These documents-many newly translated and most not readily available for study-cover the period from the 7th-century Arab conquests to the 19th-century Russian colonial era and provide new insights into the history and significance of the region.
Japanese Discovery of Europe, 1720-1830 by
Call Number: 303.482 KEENJAPA1969
Publication Date: 1969-06-01
This is an account of the growth and uses of Western learning in Japan from 1720 to 1830. These are the dates of the beginning of official interest in Western learning and of the expulsion of Siebold from the country, the first stage of a crisis that could be resolved only by the opening of the country of the West. The century and more included by the two dates was a most important period in Japanese history, when intellectuals, rebelling at the isolation of their country, desperately sought knowledge from abroad. The amazing energy and enthusiasm of men like Honda Toshiaki made possible the spectacular changes in Japan, which are all too often credited to the arrival of Commodore Perry.
Included are portions of Honda Toshiaki's works:
Tales of the West
Secret Plan of Government
Muslim Discovery of Europe by
Call Number: 303.482 LEW
Publication Date: 1982-06-01
The Muslim world of the 11th century was a great civilization, a center of art and science stretching from Spain to the Middle East, while Europe lay slumbering in the Dark Ages. The two worlds knew little of one another. Slowly, inevitably, however, Europe and Islam came together through trade and war, crusade and diplomacy. The Muslims began to take note of the Europeans and to write about them, to acquire information on languages, science, government, religion, economics.
Includes excerpts of numerous primary sources throughout the text.
The Travels of Marco Polo by
Call Number: 915.042 POLOPOLO12
Publication Date: 2012-11-06
Marco Polo was the most famous traveller of his time. His voyages began in 1271 with a visit to China, after which he served the Kubilai Khan on numerous diplomatic missions. On his return to the West, he was made a prisoner of war and met Rustichello of Pisa, with whom he collaborated on this book. The accounts of his travels provide a fascinating glimpse of the different societies he encountered: their religions, customs, ceremonies and way of life; on the spices and silks of the East; on precious gems, exotic vegetation and wild beasts. He tells the story of the holy shoemaker, the wicked caliph and the three kings, among a great many others, evoking a remote and long-vanished world with colour and immediacy.
Travels of Ibn Battutah by
Call Number: 915.042 IBNIBN2003
Publication Date: 2003-06-01
Also available online: https://i-share-ims.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CARLI_IMS/1qtnsqe/alma99864987405843
Ibn Battutah was a Moroccan explorer of Berber descent. He is known for his extensive travels. Over a period of thirty years, Ibn Battuta visited most of the known Islamic world as well as many non-Muslim lands. His journeys included trips to North Africa, the Horn of Africa, West Africa and Eastern Europe in the West, and to the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and China. Ibn Battuta is considered to be among the great travellers of all time. This is his travel diary which discusses the different people and lands he met & traveled to.
Worlds of History, since 1400 by
Call Number: 909 REILWORL2013
Publication Date: 2013-01-04
Contains documents in the following areas:
Overseas expansion in Asia, Africa, Europe & Americas
Atlantic World Encounters
State & Religion
Women, Marriage & Family: China & Europe
Enlightenment & Revolution: Europe, Americas, India
Capitalism & Industrial Revolution
Colonization: Europe in Africa & Asia
Westernization & Nationalism: Japan, India & the West
World War I
World War II
New Democracy Movements
Before Orientalism: Asian peoples and cultures in European travel writing, 1245-1510 by
Call Number: 303.48209 PHILBEFO2014 And Online
Publication Date: 2013-11-07
In offering a cultural history of the encounter between medieval Latin Christians and the distant East, Before Orientalism reveals how Europeans' prevailing preoccupations with food and eating habits, gender roles, sexualities, civility, and the foreign body helped shape their perceptions of Asian peoples and societies. Phillips gives particular attention to the texts' known or likely audiences, the cultural settings within which they found a foothold, and the broader impact of their descriptions, while also considering the motivations of their writers. She reveals in rich detail responses from European travelers that ranged from pragmatism to wonder. Fear of military might, admiration for high standards of civic life and court culture, and even delight in foreign magnificence rarely assumed the kind of secular Eurocentric superiority that would later characterize Orientalism. Placing medieval writing on the East in the context of an emergent "Europe" whose explorers sought to learn more than to rule, Before Orientalism complicates our understanding of medieval attitudes toward the foreign.
First Encounters: Native Voices on the Coming of the Europeans by
Call Number: 303.482172201724 LEAVFIRS2010
Publication Date: 2010-06-01
This extraordinary volume gathers together an astonishing array of voices of those so often overlooked by history. "First Encounters: Native Voices on the Coming of the Europeans" reaches back to add important overlooked viewpoints to our understanding of history, gathering together accounts describing the initial experiences of indigenous peoples around the world with European explorers, missionaries, traders, soldiers, and settlers. It is the first such volume with a truly global perspective.
Early American Writings by
Call Number: 973 MULFEARL2002
Publication Date: 2001-12-06
First chapters include writings of intercultural contact between the indigenous peoples of the Americans and Europeans.
Japanese Assimilation Policies in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945 by
Call Number: 325.3520519 CAPRJAPA2009 And Online
Publication Date: 2009-05-01
During Japan's colonial rule over Korea from 1910 until the end of World War II, Japan adopted assimilation as its administrative policy but was unable to integrate the Korean people as Japanese. In Japanese Assimilation Policies in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945, Mark Caprio traces the history of this policy to determine why Japan failed to attain its stated goals. In his search through government documents, personal travel accounts, diary entries, published essays, newspaper editorials, and fictional works.
The World Upside Down: cross-cultural contact and conflict in sixteenth-century Peru by
Call Number: 985.02 RAMIWORL1996
Publication Date: 1998-10-01
Taking the perspective of the vanquished native Andean population, the author describes how the imposed Spanish colonial system altered the organization and belief systems of the native inhabitants of northern Peru during the first fifty years or so after the original conquest. Topics include native Andean ideas concerning leadership and legitimacy, the supernatural and morality, land and tenure, service and allegiance, and wealth.
The First Crusade : a brief history with documents by
Call Number: 956.014 RUBEFIRS2015
Publication Date: 2014-12-26
This volume reveals the ways in which the First Crusade changed the direction of warfare, religion, and perhaps history itself. By highlighting the theme of prophecy, the volume deepens students' understanding of the crusading ethos.
When Christians First Met Muslims: a sourcebook of the earliest Syriac writings on Islam by
Call Number: 261.2709021 PENNWHEN2015
Publication Date: 2015-03-21
The first Christians to meet Muslims were not Latin-speaking Christians from the western Mediterranean or Greek-speaking Christians from Constantinople but rather Christians from northern Mesopotamia who spoke the Aramaic dialect of Syriac. Living in what constitutes modern-day Iran, Iraq, Syria, and eastern Turkey, these Syriac Christians were under Muslim rule from the seventh century to the present, wrote the earliest and most extensive accounts of Islam, and described a complicated set of religious and cultural exchanges not reducible to the solely antagonistic. Through its critical introductions and new translations of this material, When Christians First Met Muslims allows scholars, students, and the general public to explore the earliest interactions of what eventually became the world's two largest religions.
A Textual History of Christian-Muslim Relations: seventh-fifteenth centuries by
Call Number: 261.27 TIESTEXT2015
Publication Date: 2015-05-01
In this important project, Charles Tieszen provides a collection of primary theological sources devoted to the formational period of Christian-Muslim relations. This work provides introductions to authors along with representative selections in English translation. It is arranged according to the themes that emerge as Christians and Muslims encounter one another in this era. The result is a resource that offers students a better grasp of the texts early Christians and Muslims wrote about each other and a better understanding of the theological themes that are pertinent to Christian-Muslim dialogue today.