Part 1: "We praise thee, O God" - Lepanto 1571; first contact. Part 2: Al-Andalus; "the jewel of the world"; eternal Spain; "vile weeds" - Malas Hierbas. Part 3: to the Holy Land; conquest and reconqest. Part 4: Balkan ghosts?; learning to hate; "a broad line of blood". Part 5: "Turban'd and scimitar'd"; the black art. Conclusion: "Maledicta" - words of hate.
Andrew Wheatcroft was educated at St John's school, Leatherhead, Christ's College Cambridge, and the University of Madrid. He is the author of many books on early modern and modern history, and most recently The Ottomans (1995) and The Habsburgs (1996). He has been researching Infidels for more than 17 years. He is the Director of The Centre for Publishing Studies and also teaches English at the University of Stirling. He lives near Moffat in Dumfriesshire, Scotland.
Praise for Infidels "Islam is a power that rose, fell, and
rose again. All who wish to know the story will need to read Andrew
Wheatcroft's compelling work."
--JOHN KEEGAN "Wheatcroft has written an excellent and truly remarkable book. He reminds us of something vital, and too often forgotten: Most of those who were 100 percent sure that the infidels--call them Saracens, Agarenes, Ishmaelites, or Turks--were completely savage and barbarous had never met or seen a Saracen or a Turk in their lives. Somehow they just knew that these aliens should be hated and feared. As a promoter of dialogue between East and West, I agree with Wheatcroft--that unfortunately, now just as much as in the past, it is media outlets and the spreading of false knowledge that promote hostility."
--HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE EL HASSAN BIN TALAL OF JORDAN "Rattling good reading . . . [Wheatcroft's] humane conclusion is admirable."
--FELIPE FERN NDEZ-ARMESTO, The Sunday Times (London) "Gripping, often blood-curdling, history. . . recounted with tremendous literary flair."
--JOHN ADAMSON, The Sunday Telegraph (London)