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Peter of Cluny on the “Diabolical Heresy of the Saracens”

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032221.003.0004
Peter of Cluny on the “Diabolical Heresy of the Saracens”

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This chapter discusses the goal of Peter of Cluny in commissioning these translations and in writing two texts about the “law of Muhammad”. It reveals that Peter's goal was not the dispassionate study of a rival religion, but the refutation of what he qualifies as the “diabolical heresy of the Saracens”. It also hopes to show potential doubters among Peter's Latin readers that Christianity is indeed the superior religion, despite the higher level of learning and wealth of the Muslim world.

Keywords: Peter of Cluny; translations; texts; law of Muhammad; diabolical heresy; Saracens; Christianity; Muslim; learning; wealth

Chapter.  7798 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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