Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781861893406 Published February 2008 For sale in North and South America only
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Terror and Toleration

The Habsburg Empire Confronts Islam, 1526-1850

Paula Sutter Fichtner

Paula Sutter Fichtner

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256 pages | 20 halftones | 6 x 9
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781861893406 Published February 2008 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $22.50 to $45.00 ISBN: 9781861894137 Published February 2008
Many negative stereotypes of Muslims can be traced to the clashes between the Ottoman Empire and Christian Europe in the Middle Ages. Paula Sutter Fichtner explores here the particular dynamics between the Ottoman and Austrian Habsburg empires and chronicles the evolution of a political relationship that shifted from hatred to understanding.

In the fourteenth century, Ottoman armies swept westward across the Danube Valley before confronting the Habsburgs, who ruled central and eastern Europe, and in Terror and Toleration, Fichtner charts the religious and political conflicts that fueled 300 years of war. She reveals how ruling powers in Vienna and the church spread propaganda about Muslims that still lingers today. But the Habsburgs dramatically reversed their attitudes toward Muslims in the seventeenth century, and through this story, Fichtner explains how one can recognize an enemy while adjusting one’s views about them.

A fascinating read, Terror and Toleration sheds new light on the deep roots of the often contentious relationship between Islam and the West.
Choice
"A very interesting work on the Habsburg Empire's interaction with Islam in the form of the Ottoman Empire. . . . Fichtner's extensive use of Habsburg sources gives readers a great deal of insight into how and why the Habsburgs as well as the Catholic Church created numerous negative stereotypes of Muslims, some of which seem all too familiar today. . . . A very valuable addition to both Habsburg and Ottoman studies."
Contents
A Note on Usage
 
Introduction
 
1. An Enemy Real and Imagined
 
2. Conciliation, Coffee and Comedy
 
3. Servants to Government and Learning
 
Coda
 
 
References
 
Select Bibliography
 
Acknowledgements
 
Photo Acknowledgements
 
Index
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