Contextualizing the Muslim Other in Medieval Christian Discourse by J. Frakes

Contextualizing the Muslim Other in Medieval Christian Discourse

byJ. Frakes, Jerold C Frakes

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This volume broadens the perspective of recent work on the discourse of the Muslim Other in medieval Christendom by investigating pertinent texts, art, and artifacts in Armenian, Old Irish and Breton, Old Norse, Serbo-Croatian, Middle English, Old French, Middle High German, and Spanish culture.  Contributors situate these local discourses of the Muslim Other in the larger cultural context of proto-Eurocentric discourse and make important modifications to the parochial Anglo-Franco-Latin mode of study.

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Jerold C. Frakes is a professor of English at the University at Buffalo. He is the author of Brides and Doom: Gender, Property and Power in Medieval German Women’s Epic and The Cultural Study of Yiddish in Early Modern Europe. He is currently writing a book on epistemology and adultery in the medieval European Tristan traditions.
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Title:Contextualizing the Muslim Other in Medieval Christian DiscourseFormat:HardcoverDimensions:202 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:October 27, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230111432

ISBN - 13:9780230111431

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Foreword--Jerold C. Frakes * Medieval Miscegenation: Hybridity and the Anxiety of Inheritance--Lynn Ramey * Celts Seen as Muslims and Muslims Seen by Celts in Medieval Literature--Matthieu Boyd * Prester John, Christian Enclosure and the Spatial Transmission of Islamic Alterity in the Twelfth-Century West--Christopher Taylor * Mapping the Muslims: Images of Islam in Middle High German Literature of the Thirteenth Century--David F. Tinsley * Conflicted Coexistence: Christian-Muslim Interaction and its Representation in Medieval Armenia--Sergio La Porta * Don Quijote attacks his Muslim Other: The Maese Pedro Episode of Don Quijote--Baltasar Fra-Molinero * From Medieval to Modern: the Myth of Kosovo, ‘The Turks,’ and Montenegro (a Lacanian Interpretation)--Zdenko Zlatar * Afterword--John Tolan

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"Contextualizing the Muslim Other in Medieval Christian Discourse moves beyond the usual language groups of Latin, English, and French to explore local accounts of religious encounter in the borderlands, including Ireland, Spain, Armenia, and the Slavic-speaking regions of eastern Europe, with special attention to the richness of medieval German visions of Islam. Its essays, written by senior scholars in the field as well as newer voices, engage deeply with the dynamics of space and enclosure to give new insights into pre-modern practices of community formation through ideologies of exclusion." - Suzanne Conklin Akbari, Professor of English and Medieval Studies, University of Toronto"[This book]focuses closely on a single important subject - the Muslim other in the European Middle Ages - across a wide diversity of geographical regions, languages, literatures, and cultures. From Iberia in the west to Kosovo in eastern Europe; from Wales, Ireland, and England in the north to Armenia and crusader Outremer in the Mediterranean, and spanning the varied ways in which Africa and Asia were imagined, this volume finely complicates and recalibrates our understanding of how Europe engaged with the reality and the idea of Muslims in the long centuries of its Middle Ages, with important ramifications for later time. The volume's mix of approaches, methods, and theories - and its conjoining of new voices with the voices of senior scholars - is laudable and particularly welcome." - Geraldine Heng, founder and co-director of the Global Middle Ages Projects (G-MAP), Perceval Associate Professor of English, Middle Eastern Studies, and Women's Studies, University of Texas, and author of Empire of Magic: Medieval Romance and the Politics of Cultural Fantasy