A Brief History of Islam in Europe

Book Launch "A Brief History of Islam in Europe" | Nieuwspoort, The Hague

On Wednesday 15 October, Maurits Berger will present his new book A Brief History of Islam in Europe. Thirteen centuries of Creed, Conflict and Coexistence. Time: 17.30-19.00 hours. Venue: Nieuwspoort (Lange Poten 10, The Hague). Registration is required via lucis@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

The responses by Muslims in Europe to the recent developments in the Middle East make headlines. Who are these Muslims, why do they react like this? And, more importantly, how does Europe respond to its Muslim communities? Is this response typical for today?

Professor Maurits Berger has analyzed these questions in his book A Brief History of Islam in Europe. Thirteen centuries of Creed, Conflict and Coexistence. He describes how the Muslim has entered the European stage as a conqueror, antichrist, scholar, benign ruler, corsair, tradesman and fellow citizen. The image of Islam, on the other hand, has remained consistently negative through the centuries.

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