In rich detail, Hubert Wolf presents astonishing findingsfrom the recently opened Vati-can archives—discoveries thatclarify the relations betweenNational Socialism and theVatican. Never have the inner workings of the Vatican beenportrayed so fully and vividly.
“A must-read for anybody in-terested in theVatican’s rela-tionship with Germany in thetumultuous years leading uptoWorldWar II, includingthe hotly debated issue of thesilence of Pius XII. This book brings new complexity andinsight to the debate on Pius XII’s silence.”
—JOHN W. O’MALLEY, S.J., AUTHOR OF
WHAT HAPPENED AT VATICAN II
“[An] excellent examination of the Pius XIarchives…No stranger to the dark side of church history, and intimately familiar withecclesiastical dogma, politics, and procedure, Wolf presents sensitive material with ad-mirable evenhandedness…
Pope and Devil
gives us a behind-the-scenes exploration of what made theVatican tick.”
—MICHAEL R. MARRUS,
Belknap 2010 28 halftones, 1 map 336 pp.Cloth $29.95 / £22.95
Fred Donner offers a lucid and original vision of how Islam first evolved.
“A learned and brilliantly original, yet conciseand accessible study of Islam’s formative firstcentury…Donner’s explanation of the processby which Muslims came to define themselvesis both fascinating and enlightening.”
NEW YORK TIMES
“Donner presents the intriguing view that theearly Islamic movement, as presided over by Muhammad, actively included Jews and Chris-tians in the flock as part of a general monothe-istic community. It was only later, afterMuhammad’s death, that a new generation of Muslims began ritualizing Islam with its owndistinctive practices, such as the hajj (pilgrim-age) and the five daily prayers…He raisesmany original points, gleaning evidence fromeverything from coinage to original sourcedocuments. Questioning longstanding stereo-types, he argues (and proves) that Muslims arenot, by nature, anti-Jewish and also that, basedon archeological evidence, Muslims did notroutinely tear down churches. The early Mus-lims, though brutal in war, created a sophisti-cated and organized civil system. For thosecurious about Islam’s beginnings, no book is asoriginal and as evenhanded as this succinctread.”
“Donner takes a fresh look at the heart andsoul of Islamic history.”
—JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE,
Belknap 2010 21 halftones, 6 maps 304 pp.Cloth $25.95 / £19.95
F E A T U R E T I T L E S
Acknowledging that the category “Gnosticism” is flawed and must bereformed, David Brakke argues for a more careful approach to gather-ing evidence for the ancient Christian movement known as the Gnos-tic school of thought.
“Not since Elaine Pagels’s ground-breaking and best-selling
The Gnostic Gospels
(1979) has there been a work that communicates soclearly the content and significance of the “Gnostics” for our under-standing of early Christian history. The public and the academy need
—DENISE BUELL, WILLIAMS COLLEGE
2010 180 pp. Cloth $29.95 / £22.95