Western Views of Islam in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Perception of Other / Edition 1

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This book considers the various attitudes of European religious and secular writers towards Islam during the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period. Examining works from England, France, Italy, the Holy Lands, and Spain, the essays explore the reactions of Westerners to the culture and religion of Islam. Many of the works studied reveal the hostility toward Islam of Europeans and the creation of negative stereotypes of Muslims by Western writers.

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Mostly American scholars look at works of religious and secular writers in England, France, Italy, the Holy Lands, and Spain to learn the various attitudes of Europeans towards Islam. Some of the topics are the image of the Saracen as heretic in the sermons of Ademar of Chabannes, Muslims as pagan idolaters in chronicles of the First Crusade, and Islam in the . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312218911
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/10/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Frassetto is Adjunct Instructor at Georgia State University.

David R. Blanks is Director of the Core Curriculum at the American University in Cairo.

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Table of Contents

Introduction—David R. Blanks and Michael Frassetto
• Western Views of Islam in the Pre-Modern Period: A Brief History of Past Approaches—David R. Blanks
• Popular Attitudes Toward Islam in Medieval Europe—Jo Ann Hoeppner Moran Cruz
• The Image of the Saracen as Heretic in the Sermons of Ademar of Chabannes—Michael Frassetto
• Muslims as Pagan Idolaters in Chronicles of the First Crusade—John V. Tolan
• The Essential Enemy: The Muslim as Adversary and Subject in the Law and Literature of the Medieval Crown of Aragon—Donald J. Kagay
• Arabs and Latins in the Middle Ages: Enemies, Partners, and Scholars—Alauddin Samarrai
• Islam in the Glossia Ordinaria—Ernest Kaulbach
• "Seven trewe bataylis for Jesus sake:" The Long-Suffering Saracen Palomides—Nina Dulin-Mallory
• Noble Saracen or Muslim Enemy? The Changing Image of the Saracen in Late Medieval Italian Literature—Gloria Allaire
• "New Barbarian" or Worthy Adversary? Humanist Constructs of the Ottoman Turks in Fifteenth-Century Italy—Nancy Bisaha
• Early Modern Orientalism: The Representation of Islam in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Europe—Daniel J. Vitkus

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