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Arabic-Islamic Views of the Latin West: Tracing the Emergence of Medieval Europe

Daniel G. König


The study explains how Arabic-Islamic scholars, i.e. Muslim scholars writing in Arabic, portrayed medieval Western or ‘Latin-Christian’ Europe between the seventh and the early fifteenth century. At the end of the period of investigation, Western Europe had not only emerged as a dynamic sphere at the brink of becoming active on a global scale, but also as a discernible though roughly defined and multiple phenomenon in Arabic-Islamic sources. Tracing this double process is the main objective of the present study. Chapter 1 questions previous interpretations of related Arabic-Islamic records tha ... More

Keywords: Europe, Middle Ages, Islam, Arabic-Islamic, Latin-Christian, perception, cross-cultural, transcultural, connectivity, Christian-Muslim relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198737193
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737193.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel G. König, author
Professor for Transcultural Studies, University of Heidelberg