- Listen to this podcast with author and Tocqueville scholar Daniel Mahoney on Tocqueville’s prescriptions in Democracy in America for the challenges to liberty encountered in a democratic age.
- Darío Fernández Morera’s review of Emmet Scott’s Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited: the History of a Controversy underscores the book’s powerful rehabilitation of Belgian historian Henri Pirenne’s thesis on Islam’s impact on the history of Europe. Morera notes that Scott looks at archaeological evidence from the seventh through the tenth centuries and from this concludes as follows:
the paucity of archaeological remains between the seventh and tenth centuries in the Middle East and North Africa—all areas conquered by Islam in the seventh century—does indicate a cultural decline, as archaeologists agree, but one caused by Islam. Following up on Pirenne’s thesis, Scott observes that the decline, beginning in the seventh century, of these formerly thriving and highly developed areas, caused by the destructive impact of the Muslim conquests, affected the commerce and culture of Europe during those centuries, a decline attested by the paucity of archaeological production in Europe between the seventh century and the relative revival that began during the second half of the tenth century.