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Cultures in Conflict: Christians, Muslims and Jews in the Age of Discovery

Bernard Lewis


This book uses the climatic year of 1492, a year laden with epic events and riven by political debate, to explore a clash of civilizations — between the Jews, Christendom, and Islam, as well as that between the New World and the Old. In the same year that Columbus set sail across the Atlantic, the book reminds us, the Spanish monarchy captured Granada, the last Muslim stronghold on the peninsula, and also expelled the Jews. It uses these three epochal events to explore the nature of the European-Islamic conflict, placing the voyages of discovery in a new context. It traces Christian Europe's p ... More

Keywords: 1492, clash of civilizations, Jews, Christendom, Islam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780195102833
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102833.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernard Lewis, author
Princeton University

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