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Spain as a Christian-Muslim Frontier

Let me begin rather abruptly with a paradox. One of the remarkable differences between Christians and Muslims in medieval Spain has to do with conversion. While the Muslims made no special efforts in that direction, they did manage to convert large numbers of Christians; the Christians, on the other hand who did try to proselytize […]

Christmas in the Holy Land 1985

I had nothing against the Franciscans before I got to Jerusalem, except maybe the notion that the Friars Minor weren’t the brightest or the best, that their education was non-existent, their spirituality a scandal and their poverty genteel but hardly shabby. You could say I had an open mind on the subject. And they did […]