A Counter-narrative: Islam and the first Europe

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Professor David Lewis explains how a Europe which in the 8th century defined itself in opposition to Islam made virtues out of hereditary aristocracy, persecutory religious intolerance, cultural particularism, and perpetual war.
Date: Wednesday 12 March 2008
Time: 6:30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Professor David Levering Lewis
Chair: Professor Janet Hartley

Professor Lewis will argue that the 732CE Battle of Poitiers and the 778CE debacle at Roncevaux are pivotal moments in the creation of an economically retarded, balkanised, and fratricidal Europe , which, by defining itself in opposition to Islam in al-Andalus, made virtues out of hereditary aristocracy, persecutory religious intolerance, cultural particularism, and perpetual war.

David Levering Lewis is a professor at New York University and an LSE alumnus. Both volumes of his biography of WEB Du Bois received the Pulitzer Prize.

This event is supported by the LSE Annual Fund.

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