Historian David Levering Lewis is out with a provocative new view: that Europe and the West might have been better off if Islam had swept over all of the continent.
Then and now, those sound like fighting words.
This hour, On Point: when Islam first met the West, and the long echo of that epic clash.Guests:
David Levering Lewis, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, is a professor at New York University and author of "God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215."
Christopher Dickey, Middle East Regional Editor and Paris Bureau Chief for Newsweek Magazine.
This program aired on February 4, 2008.