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Saracens: Islam in the Medieval European Imagination
     

Saracens: Islam in the Medieval European Imagination

by John V. Tolan
 

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-- Alastair Hamilton, Times Literary Supplement

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Booknews
Tolan, whose earlier work is devoted to the Muslims in Spain, has gathered Western medieval sources up to 1300 describing Islam, both the religion and its adherents, and attempting to comprehend Islam's place in the world. Chapters on the 13th century analyze the writing of the missionary Ramon Llull, the views of other missionaries, and the official views of their orders, the Franciscans and the Dominicans. Writings included from the 7th- 13th centuries consider the Muslims in Spain, Islam as heresy (a constant motif), stereotypes that ascribe practices of pagan idolatry to Muslims, and the Crusades to the Holy Land. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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A significant contribution to the study of Islam's place in the medieval Christian imagination, this work is highly recommended.

Speculum
Tolan's book is welcome as a rare systematic treatment of medieval Christian attitudes toward Muslims.... Tolan's remarks invite us to explore the important question of why that is so.

— Tomaz Mastnak

History
Saracens contains comprehensive notes, a thorough bibliography, and an excellent index... A useful summary of the current state of hitoriography in the field.

— William E. Watson

American Historical Review
Tolan's model for Christian attitudes toward Islam is the reactions of early Christians to the Roman Empire... Tolan's book is full of interesting details on individual thinkers' views on Islam and provides a welcome addition.

— Anna Sapir Abulafia

Saudi Aramco World
Medievalist Tolan shows how the relatively fluid European beliefs about Islam turned rigid in the 13th century, leading to strict laws that separated Christians from Muslims and produced even greater distortions in perception.

Muslim World Book Review
Had the late Edward Said and Daniel Norman collaborated to produce a volume incorporating their particular hermeneutical expertise and scholastic grasp of religious polemics it may well have looked something similar to John V. Tolan's Saracens.... Tolan's work, which is superbly researched, explores the plethora of distorted representations of Islam perpetuated throughout the period.

— Mohammed Siddique Seddon

Riligious Studies Review
The best of all recently published books on Christian-Islamic relations.

— Gregory Miller

Catholic Historical Review
A thoroughgoing reference work like Saracens was long overdue; it is also quite timely.

— David Blanks

Speculum - Tomaz Mastnak
Tolan's book is welcome as a rare systematic treatment of medieval Christian attitudes toward Muslims.... Tolan's remarks invite us to explore the important question of why that is so.

History - William E. Watson
Saracens contains comprehensive notes, a thorough bibliography, and an excellent index... A useful summary of the current state of hitoriography in the field.

American Historical Review - Anna Sapir Abulafia
Tolan's model for Christian attitudes toward Islam is the reactions of early Christians to the Roman Empire... Tolan's book is full of interesting details on individual thinkers' views on Islam and provides a welcome addition.

Muslim World Book Review - Mohammed Siddique Seddon
Had the late Edward Said and Daniel Norman collaborated to produce a volume incorporating their particular hermeneutical expertise and scholastic grasp of religious polemics it may well have looked something similar to John V. Tolan'sSaracens.... Tolan's work, which is superbly researched, explores the plethora of distorted representations of Islam perpetuated throughout the period.

Riligious Studies Review - Gregory Miller
The best of all recently published books on Christian-Islamic relations.

Catholic Historical Review - David Blanks
A thoroughgoing reference work like Saracens was long overdue; it is also quite timely.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231506465
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
07/06/2002
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
File size:
17 MB
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Meet the Author

John V. Tolan is Maître de Conférences en histoire medievale, Department d'histoire, Université de Nantes. He is the author of Petrus Alfonsi and His Medieval Readers and editor of Medieval Christian Perceptions of Islam: A Collection of Essays.


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