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Western views of Islam in medieval and early modern Europe : perception of other
Blanks, David R., 1961-
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
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viii, 235 pages ; 22 cm
Western views of Islam in the premodern period : a brief history of past approaches / Popular attitudes toward Islam in medieval Europe / Image of the Saracen as heretic in the sermons of Ademar of Chabannes / Muslims as pagan idolaters in chronicles of the first crusade / Essential enemy : the image of the Muslim as adversary and vassal in the law and literature of the medieval crown of Aragon / Arabs and Latins in the Middle Ages : enemies, partners, and scholars / Islam in the Glossa ordinaria / "Seven trewe bataylis for Jesus sake" : the long-suffering Saracen Palomides / Noble Saracen or Muslim enemy? : the changing image of the Saracen in late medieval Italian literature / "New barbarian" or worthy adversary? : humanist constructs of the Ottoman Turks in fifteenth-century Italy / Early modern Orientalism : representations of Islam in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe
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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.

Author Notes

Michael Frassetto is Adjunct Instructor at Georgia State University.

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

Table of Contents

IntroductionDavid R. Blanks and Michael Frassetto
Western Views of Islam in the Pre-Modern Period: A Brief History of Past ApproachesDavid R. Blanks
Popular Attitudes Toward Islam in Medieval EuropeJo Ann Hoeppner Moran Cruz
The Image of the Saracen as Heretic in the Sermons of Ademar of ChabannesMichael Frassetto
Muslims as Pagan Idolaters in Chronicles of the First CrusadeJohn V. Tolan
The Essential Enemy: The Muslim as Adversary and Subject in the Law and Literature of the Medieval Crown of AragonDonald J. Kagay
Arabs and Latins in the Middle Ages: Enemies, Partners, and ScholarsAlauddin Samarrai
Islam in the Glossia OrdinariaErnest Kaulbach
"Seven trewe bataylis for Jesus sake:" The Long-Suffering Saracen PalomidesNina Dulin-Mallory
Noble Saracen or Muslim Enemy? The Changing Image of the Saracen in Late Medieval Italian LiteratureGloria Allaire
"New Barbarian" or Worthy Adversary? Humanist Constructs of the Ottoman Turks in Fifteenth-Century ItalyNancy Bisaha
Early Modern Orientalism: The Representation of Islam in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century EuropeDaniel J. Vitkus