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Salvo 33

Salvo 33

Department: Archives — Topic: CivilizationSalvo #33

Crusader Complex

An Old Book Cures Oversimplification by Cameron Wybrow

Sometimes an old book can shed some indirect light on a contemporary question. In this case, the old book is Steven Runciman's A History of the Crusades (3 volumes, 1950-1954).

In discussions about Islam and the West today, two extreme opinions often emerge: (1) the "Western guilt" position (all problems with the Islamic world are caused by Western imperialism); and (2) the "West is the best" position (Islam embodies values alien to the West, and therefore not merely . . .


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