William Dalrymple, historian and writer, wrote an article called “The Truth About Muslims” in which he takes on a number of books by Bernard Lewis, Richard Fletcher and Nabil Matar and gives some fascinating information about the relations between Muslims and non-Muslims through the centuries as well as the Islamic influence on the development of Western civilization.
“To the persecuted Monophysite Christians of Syria and Egypt, Muslims could be presented as deliverers. The same could be said of the persecuted Jews…. Released from the bondage of Constantinopolitan persecution they flourished as never before, generating in the process a rich spiritual literature in hymns, prayers, sermons and devotional work.”
Richard Fletcher, The Cross and the Crescent
Read The Truth About Muslims.