Sons of Ishmael

Sons of Ishmael Muslims through European Eyes in the Middle Ages TOLAN, John V.

John Tolan is one of the world's foremost scholars in the field of early Christian/Muslim interactions. These eleven essays explore, in greater depth than his previous books, a wide variety of topics. The Bible and Qur'an agree that Arabs were the descendants of Ishmael, son of Abraham and Hagar. Ishmael is described in Genesis as ""a wild man; his hand will be against every man and every man's hand against him."" To many medieval Christians, this was a prophecy of the violence and enmity between Ishmael's progeny and the Christians--spiritual descendants of his half-brother Isaac. Yet Tolan also discusses areas of convergence between Christendom and Islam such as the devotion to the Virgin Mary in twelfth-century Syria and Egypt and the chivalrous myths surrounding Muslim princes, especially Saladin. By providing a closer look at the ways Europeans perceived Islam and Muslims in the Middle Ages, Tolan opens a window into understanding the roots of current stereotypes of Muslims and Arabs in Western culture.
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Specificaties

ISBN
9780813044675
Uitgever
University Press of Florida
Druk
1e
Verschenen
15-03-2013
Taal
Engels
Bladzijden
256 pp.
Bindwijze
Paperback
Genre
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