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Eastern Wisedome and LearningThe Study of Arabic in Seventeenth-Century England$
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G. J. Toomer

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202912

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202912.001.0001

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The Medieval Background

The Medieval Background

(p.7) 1 The Medieval Background
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The study of Arabic in Europe during the Middle Ages was pursued for two motives: the acquisition of scientific knowledge, and Christian missionary and apologetic activities. This chapter discusses the scientific translations from Arabic into Latin, missionaries and apologists, the Franciscan and Dominican mendicant orders, and missionary activity amongst Muslims.

Keywords:   Arabic, Middle Ages, Christian missionary, scientific translations, missionaries, apologists, Franciscan order, Dominican order, Muslims

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