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Terror and Toleration

The Habsburg Empire Confronts Islam, 1526-1850

Distributed for Reaktion Books

Terror and Toleration

The Habsburg Empire Confronts Islam, 1526-1850

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.

256 pages | 20 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2008

History: General History

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"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."



International History Review

Table of Contents

A Note on Usage
1. An Enemy Real and Imagined
2. Conciliation, Coffee and Comedy
3. Servants to Government and Learning
Select Bibliography
Photo Acknowledgements

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