A Dreadful Racket

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:
A Dreadful Racket

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This chapter discusses how some polemicists tried to use basic cultural differences between Christians and Muslims as a wedge to drive between the two, in order to accentuate the “otherness” of the adherents of the rival faith. One good example of this that is discussed in this chapter is “ A Dreadful Racket: The Clanging of Bells and the Yowling of Muezzins in Iberian Interconfessional Polemics.”

Keywords: polemicists; cultural differences; Christians; Muslims; otherness; rival faith

Chapter.  5677 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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