Crusade and Jihad: The Thousand-Year War Between the Muslim World and the Global North

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Yale University Press
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6.4 X 1.8 X 9.3 inches | 2.2 pounds
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About the Author
William R. Polk taught Arabic literature and history at Harvard University and the University of Chicago, served on the Policy Planning Council under President Kennedy, negotiated the Egyptian-Israeli Suez ceasefire, and founded the Adlai Stevenson Institute of International Affairs. He has written nineteen books.
"Crusade and Jihad is a challenging and interesting book, well written and provocative."--Hugh Kennedy, Literary Review

"Polk harnesses decades worth of research, teaching, government service, and travel to explain what Islam is, how it has interacted with the non-Muslim world, and what the Muslim reaction to imperialism has been, covering the seventh century to the present day. . . . Recommended."--Choice

"In this magisterial treatment, William Polk cuts to the core of contemporary conflicts with the Muslim world, providing an accessible, often troubling account."--Joel Gordon, University of Arkansas, author of Nasser: Hero of the Arab Nation
"A tour de force covering centuries of history from the perspective of the people who lived in the Muslim world, Crusade and Jihad offers a fresh and urgently needed angle on the present crisis in the Middle East that you will find nowhere else."--Ilan Pappe, author of The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel
"William Polk combines analytical powers and profound insight with a lively, accessible style. Crusade and Jihad is a pleasure for the mind."--Uri Avnery, author and peace activist
"With rigor and sympathy, William Polk has produced a masterpiece to enlighten us all. No one who reads Crusade and Jihad will put it down without an increased knowledge and understanding of the crucial relationship between the Islamic and Western worlds."-- Charles Glass, author of Tribes with Flags and Syria Burning: A Short History of a Catastrophe

"A brilliant study, analytical and authoritative. There are few overviews that can rival the depth and the range of this work."-- K.N. Chaudhuri, FBA Emeritus Professor of The History of European Expansion, European University, Florence, Italy