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Saracen Philosophers Secretly Deride Islam

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/9780813032221.003.0008
Saracen Philosophers Secretly Deride Islam

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This chapter discusses thirteenth-century mendicant missionaries who deployed rationalistic arguments in an attempt to prove the irrationality of Islam. It explores how several twelfth- and thirteenth-century authors dealt with what became a major intellectual problem: could one affirm—or even try to prove—the rationality of Christianity?

Keywords: rationalistic arguments; irrationality; Islam; mendicant missionaries; authors; rationality; Christianity

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Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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