Anglo-Saxon Perceptions of the Islamic World by Katharine Scarfe BeckettAnglo-Saxon Perceptions of the Islamic World by Katharine Scarfe Beckett

Anglo-Saxon Perceptions of the Islamic World

byKatharine Scarfe Beckett

Paperback | January 21, 2008

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Katherine Scarfe Beckett is concerned with representations of the Islamic world in Anglo-Saxon England. Using a variety of literary, historical and archaeological evidence, Beckett argues that the first perceptions of Arabs, Ismaelites and Saracens were derived from Christian exegesis. These perceptions preconditioned Western expressions of hostility and superiority towards peoples of the Islamic world, and these received ideas prevailed over actual experience.
Katharine Scarfe Beckett is a researcher in the offices of Prince El-Hassan bin Talal, Amman, Jordan.
Title:Anglo-Saxon Perceptions of the Islamic WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:January 21, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521054389

ISBN - 13:9780521054386


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. Islam during the Anglo-Saxon period; 3. Anglo-Saxon contacts with Islam; 4. Arabs and Arabia in Latin; 5. Ismaelites and Saracens in Latin; 6. Arabs, Ismaelites and Saracens in early Anglo-Latin; 7. Pseudo-Methodius and the sons of Ismael; 8. Arabs, Ismaelites and Saracens in Old English; 9. Persisting theories about Saracens in post-Conquest England; 10. Conclusions; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Although the title may startle at first (did the Anglo-Saxons know anything about Islam?), the premise underlying Katharine Scarfe Beckett's book is intriguing and compelling." - Karen Louise Jolly, University of Hawaii Manoa