John V. Tolan

in Sons of Ishmael

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032221
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038964 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the Life of Muhammad, which was written by Embrico of Mainz and depicts the prophet of Islam as a trickster and scoundrel, not an Anti-Christ but rather an anti-saint. Embrico's portrayal comes at a time when European contacts with Islam were on the rise, but also when churchmen felt threatened by wandering preachers closer to home, many of whom are denounced as heretics or charlatans. In this work, Embrico sought to discredit both those who follow the prophet of Islam and those who follow itinerant visionaries closer to home.

Keywords: Life of Muhammad; Embrico of Mainz; prophet; visionaries

Chapter.  6794 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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