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Philip Mansel explores the City of the Sultans from 1453 onwards, and finds it characterised by a vibrant multi-culturalism until the Ottoman demise of 1922.

John France recounts the against-the-odds narrative of the capture of the Holy City by the forces of the First Crusade.

Volume: 47 Issue: 4 1997

Iain Fenlon explores how Catholic Europe's great 16th-century sea victory over the Turk was celebrated and propagandised.

Volume: 45 Issue: 9 1995
Vivian Nutton reviews

Akbar Ahmed offers the most timely review of how history and stereotype have often combined to make Western Orientalism a hindrance rather than a help in mutual understanding between two cultures.

Volume: 41 Issue: 4 1991

Akbar Ahmed looks at the legacy of a Moorish past for the present Spain.

Volume: 41 Issue: 10 1991
by Patricia Crone

Francis Robinson takes a look at how Muslims breached the culture gap with the western world.

Volume: 36 Issue: 5 1986

For the past 600 years the island of Java has been the scene for the encounter of the two major cultural and religious traditions of the world.

Volume: 34 Issue: 11 1984

Kuwait has enjoyed wealth far longer than the other oil producing states of the Middle East and is proud to spend its riches on its heritage, as Philip Mansel explores here.

Volume: 33 Issue: 8 1983

Francis Robinson explains how his perception of Islam is reflected in his book, Atlas of the Islamic World since 1500 (Phaidon, 1982).

Volume: 33 Issue: 4 1983
by S. H. M. Jafri

The two articles that follow provide the background to the resurgence that is sweeping the Islamic world from Morocco to Malaysia. In the first, Professor Enayat of the University of Tehran considers why there should be a resurgence of Islam at this particular point in time and whether it is different from those that have preceded it.

Volume: 30 Issue: 2 1980

In the second article of The Resurgence of Islam Dr. Leila Ahmed, an Egyptian scholar who has taught at the United Arab Emirates University, examines the Islamic past - that of the Prophet Muhammad and the first four 'right-guarded caliphs' - to which the leaders of the current resurgence in the Islamic world seek a return.

Volume: 30 Issue: 2 1980

Francis Robinson looks at the relationship between teacher and pupil in Islamic society.

Volume: 30 Issue: 3 1980

As a means of national survival, write Diana Spearman and M. Naim Turfan, Atatürk preached the whole-hearted acceptance of contemporary civilization.

Volume: 29 Issue: 2 1979

Many Moors remained under Christian rule in Spain, writes Stephen Clissold, but most of them were finally expelled under Philip III.

Volume: 28 Issue: 12 1978

Stephen Clissold describes how many Christian prisoners in sixteenth and seventeenth century North Africa embraced the Islamic faith, willingly serving their new masters.

Volume: 26 Issue: 8 1976

Stephen Clissold describes a world of Christian slaves and Moslem masters in North Africa, from the twelfth to the nineteenth centuries.

Volume: 26 Issue: 12 1976

Lansing Collins describes how, in honour of a previous gift sent in the other direction, Elizabeth I presented Sultan Mohammed III with an elaborate clock, surmounted by singing birds that shook their wings.

Volume: 26 Issue: 9 1976

From the thirteenth century until the suppression of the sect by Kemal Ataturk, writes Anne Fremantle, these enthusiasts symbolized their religious beliefs by means of their ecstatic dances.

Volume: 26 Issue: 5 1976

John Godfrey describes how the capture of Constantinople in 1204 was an unexpected result of the Crusading movement.

Volume: 26 Issue: 1 1976

On August 19th, 1071, writes Jasper Streater, a Byzantine army was defeated by the Seljuk Turks, and Anatolia was forever lost to Christendom.

Volume: 17 Issue: 4 1967

When, on September 8th, 1565, the last Turkish troops had been driven from the island, only six hundred of its original defenders were still capable of bearing arms. But, as T.H. McGuffie writes, the attacking force had lost some twenty-five thousand men; and the Turkish drive westwards was for ever halted.

Volume: 15 Issue: 8 1965

While the Pilgrim Fathers were drawing up plans for sailing to America, writes Iris Macfarlane, Thomas Roe in India was laying the foundations in a very different form of British Empire.

Volume: 14 Issue: 11 1964

John Andrew Boyle describes how, in the early thirteenth century, the Mongol hordes devastated Turkestan and Persia, where the grandson of Genghis Khan founded a dynasty.

Volume: 13 Issue: 9 1963

Robert H. Schwoebel explains how, in the fifteenth century, the growing power of the Turks prompted a number of European princes to despatch emissaries to the Levant as intelligence officers on the Eastern Question.

Volume: 13 Issue: 11 1963

J.J. Saunders describes how, under Muhammad's second successor, the Caliph Omar, the great era of Arab expansion began, that carried the faith of Islam westwards, to Spain, and eastwards, far into the Orient.

Volume: 11 Issue: 3 1961

J.J. Saunders continues the story of the first, and perhaps the greatest, of Islam’s Commanders of the Faithful. The Caliph Omar, after triumphantly laying the foundations of the Arab Empire, fell to a Persian Christian assassin in the year 644.

Volume: 11 Issue: 4 1961

Previous accounts of the Mahdi, and of the government that he established and that his able successor carried on, have been dominated by two alien figures—Gordon and Kitchener. Here the Mahdia, P.M. Holt depicts “an organized revolutionary movement... resulting in the establishment of a territorial Islamic state,” with the help of fresh evidence, from a more comprehensive point of view.

Volume: 8 Issue: 3 1958

Five hundred years ago Constantinople—long a bastion of the Western world—fell to the armies of the Grand Turk. G.R. Potter gives his account of how the last remnants of the Byzantine Empire finally disappeared.

Volume: 3 Issue: 1 1953

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