Veneratio Sarracenorum

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:
Veneratio Sarracenorum

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This chapter discusses an account of Burchard of Strasbourg of his travels from Cairo to Damascus in a bid to negotiate an alliance with Saladin. Along with his numerous descriptions of the things he saw during his journey, Burchard narrates his pilgrimage to two holy sites devoted to the Virgin Mary: Matariyya, which is near Cairo, and Saydnâyâ, which is near Damascus. In this account Burchard explains that Muslims believe Mary was a holy virgin who miraculously gave birth to Jesus, a great prophet. This is why Muslims show such devotion to her, and why they extend respect to Christians living throughout their land.

Keywords: Burchard of Strasbourg; Saladin; pilgrimage; Matariyya; Saydnâyâ; Virgin Mary; Muslims; Christians

Chapter.  5170 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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