An Old Book Cures Oversimplification

Sometimes an old book can shed some indirect light on a contemporary question. In this case, the old book is Steven Runciman's A History of the Crusades (3 volumes, 1950-1954).

In discussions about Islam and the West today, two extreme opinions often emerge: (1) the "Western guilt" position (all problems with the Islamic world are caused by Western imperialism); and (2) the "West is the best" position (Islam embodies...


received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He writes on education, politics, religion, and culture.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #33, Summer 2015 Copyright © 2020 Salvo |