Amongst the earliest man-made structures in the world are the Ggantija Temples (c. 3600-2500 BC) in Gozo. Modern day Malta and Gozo have over three hundred Roman Catholic churches and places of worship. Many other religions of the world also have their places of worship here. One of the newest, and most significant is the Mosque at Paola -its foundation stone was laid on 2nd August, 1978.
Virtually since the birth of Islam in 622 AD Malta has found itself in the frontline of conflict between Christian and Muslim worlds. These conflicts culminated in the Great Siege of Malta in 1565.
In this work, I have examined the histories of this entire period. I have selected as broad a range of sources as possible in my attempt to offer an equitable and realistic appraisal.
This work has been a labour of love. It shows that whilst the transition from conflict to co-operation has been a success in many senses so much more needs to be done.