Brian Catlos offers a nuanced corrective to the competing histories of Islamic rule.
Plenty of scholars have discussed interfaith relations in medieval Spain. What makes David Nirenberg's book distinctive is his emphasis on how each religion's self-image was shaped by its portrayal of the others.
Emily Holmes endeavors, with the help of French feminist theories, to understand several of the medieval mystics who are most alien to 21st-century religious sensibilities.
Margaret Bendroth and John Fea both contend that Christians need to encounter the past in all its complexity and humanity.