The Dream of Conversion

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:
The Dream of Conversion

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This chapter discusses the legends that surround Kurbqa, Atabeg of Mosul, whom the troops of the First Crusade routed outside of Antioch in June 1098. It shows that Muslim rulers are cast in the familiar guise of pagan kings who—as potential new Constantines—might convert and come to the aid of an embattled Christendom.

Keywords: legends; Kurbqa; Atabeg of Mosul; First Crusade; Antioch; Muslim rulers; pagan kings; Constantines; Christendom

Chapter.  5458 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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