Empires of Islam in Renaissance Historical Thought Author : Margaret MESERVE Publisher : Harvard University Press Total Pages : 359 Release : 2008 ISBN 10 : 067402656X ISBN 13 : 9780674026568 Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL GET BOOK Empires of Islam in Renaissance Historical Thought Book Description: "Meserve investigates the methods and illuminates the motives of scholars negotiating shifting boundaries - between scholarly research and political propaganda, between a commitment to critical historical inquiry and the pressure of centuries of classical and Christian prejudice, between the academic ideals of humanism and the everyday demands of political patronage. Drawing on political oratory, diplomatic correspondence, crusade propaganda, and historical treatises, Meserve shows how research into the origins of Islamic empires sprang from - and contributed to - contemporary debates over the threat of Islamic expansion in the Mediterranean. Humanist histories of the Turks were sharply polemical, portraying the Ottomans as a rogue power. But writings on other Muslim polities include some of the first positive appraisals of Muslim statecraft in the European tradition.".