Arabic-Islamic Views of the Latin West: Tracing the Emergence of Medieval Europe

Hardcover | December 5, 2015

byDaniel G. Konig

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The Emergence of Latin-Christian Europe provides an insight into how the Arabic-Islamic world perceived medieval Western Europe in an age that is usually associated with the rise and expansion of Islam, the Spanish Reconquista, and the Crusades. Previous scholarship has maintained that theArabic-Islamic world regarded Western Europe as a cultural backwater at the periphery of civilization that clung to a superseded religion. It holds mental barriers imposed by Islam responsible for the Muslim world's arrogant and ignorant attitude towards its northern neighbours. This study refutesthis view by focussing on the mechanisms of transmission and reception that characterized the flow of information between both cultural spheres. By explaining how Arabic-Islamic scholars acquired and processed data on medieval Western Europe, it traces the two-fold 'emergence' of Latin-ChristianEurope - a sphere that increasingly encroached upon the Mediterranean and therefore became more and more important in Arabic-Islamic scholarly literature.Chapter One questions previous interpretations of related Arabic-Islamic records that reduce a large and differentiated range of Arabic-Islamic perceptions to a single basic pattern subsumed under the keywords "ignorance", "indifference", and "arrogance". Chapter Two lists channels of transmissionby means of which information on the Latin-Christian sphere reached the Arabic-Islamic sphere. Chapter Three deals with the general factors that influenced the reception and presentation of this data at the hands of Arabic-Islamic scholars. Chapters Four to Eight analyse how these scholars acquiredand dealt with information on themes such as the western dimension of the Roman Empire, the Visigoths, the Franks, the papacy and, finally, Western Europe in the age of Latin-Christian expansionism. Against this background, Chapter Nine provides a concluding re-evaluation.

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The Emergence of Latin-Christian Europe provides an insight into how the Arabic-Islamic world perceived medieval Western Europe in an age that is usually associated with the rise and expansion of Islam, the Spanish Reconquista, and the Crusades. Previous scholarship has maintained that theArabic-Islamic world regarded Western Europe as...

After studying in Washington D.C., Konigswinter, Cairo, Salamanca, Bonn, and Aleppo, Daniel G. Konig acquired his PhD at the University of Bonn in 2006 with a thesis on the Christianisation of Western Europe. From 2007 to 2011 he worked in Late Antiquity/Early Middle Ages research at the German Historical Institute in Paris where he c...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:December 5, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Arabic-Islamic Records on Latin-Christian Europe: Introduction2. An Evolving Information Landscape, 7th-15th centuries3. Scholars At Work4. Discovery of the Roman West5. The Visigoths: History of a Conquered People6. From the Franks to France7. From the Patriarch of Rome to the Pope8. The Expanding Latin-Christian Sphere9. Arabic-Islamic Records on Latin-Christian Europe: A Re-evaluationBibliographyIndex