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ISLAM AND EUROPE: THE FIRST 1300 YEARS
This talk will review both the demographic presence of Muslims in Europe, and the ways in which European intellectuals tried to understand–or willfully misunderstand–Islam and Muslims, from the earliest encounters to the twenty-first century. Modern-day headlines, particularly those concerned with “Islamic fundamentalism” or the US-led “War on Terror,” have tended to obscure the nuances of Europe’s long history with Islam. By reflecting on this history, it is to be hoped, we can put the current discourse on Islam in Europe into its proper context, and look past the divisive rhetoric employed by parts of the political establishment on both sides of the Atlantic.