Muslim and Christian Contact in the Middle Ages: A Reader

Edited by Jarbel Rodriguez

© 2015

To study the interactions between Muslims and Christians in the medieval period is to observe a history of conflict and co-existence encompassing warfare, piracy, and raiding as well as commerce, intellectual exchanges, and personal relationships that transcended religious differences. With particular focus on the Mediterranean world, this collection of more than 80 readings includes sources from Byzantine, Jewish, Muslim, and Latin Christian authors that explore the conflicts and contacts between Muslims and Christians from the seventh to the fifteenth century. Jarbel Rodriguez has selected geographically diverse readings and multiple sources on the same event or topic so that readers gain a better understanding of the relationship that existed between Muslims and Christians in the Middle Ages.

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  • Series: Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures
  • Division: Higher Education
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 456 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
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Jarbel Rodriguez has selected geographically diverse readings and multiple sources on the same event or topic so that readers gain a better understanding of the relationship that existed between Muslims and Christians in the Middle Ages.

Muslim and Christian Contact in the Middle Ages: A Reader

Edited by Jarbel Rodriguez

© 2015

To study the interactions between Muslims and Christians in the medieval period is to observe a history of conflict and co-existence encompassing warfare, piracy, and raiding as well as commerce, intellectual exchanges, and personal relationships that transcended religious differences. With particular focus on the Mediterranean world, this collection of more than 80 readings includes sources from Byzantine, Jewish, Muslim, and Latin Christian authors that explore the conflicts and contacts between Muslims and Christians from the seventh to the fifteenth century. Jarbel Rodriguez has selected geographically diverse readings and multiple sources on the same event or topic so that readers gain a better understanding of the relationship that existed between Muslims and Christians in the Middle Ages.

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Product Details

  • Series: Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures
  • Division: Higher Education
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 456 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    Particularly modern events have sharpened our interest in this large topic, and hence the present anthology specifically geared toward university students comes as a most welcome enrichment of our teaching material. But this collection of relevant texts will also serve scholarship at large, allowing researchers from outside this specialized field to gain immediate access to many of the crucial documents.
    Mediaevistik

    Jarbel Rodriguez has accomplished something truly special in this volume. Not only has he collected a number of older translations of key sources, but he is the translator of many of the sources in the collection, bringing previously unknown sources (primarily from the Iberian corpus) into the mainstream of medieval studies. The volume is useful in dispelling notions about the simplicity of the medieval period, demonstrating instead the true diversity and complexity of the lives of medieval Christians and Muslims. The final characteristic which recommends this book is Rodriguez' editorial hand. In selecting, arranging, and cropping his sources, Rodriguez has allowed the documents to speak for themselves but still serve as starting places for discussions among students of medieval history. The didactic opportunities which Rodriguez has cultivated through his editorial hand are invaluable. When discussing Christians opting for martyrdom at the hands of Muslims, for example, a teacher could naturally move a discussion from martyrs to crusading knights, making the whole medieval world fit together in all its messiness and confusion. Most useful as a classroom text or for the novice medievalist, this excellent assembly of chronicles, law codes, literature, poetry, correspondence, and moral instruction, commands a strong recommendation.
    The Medieval Review

    In this elegantly edited and comprehensive compilation of primary sources, Jarbel Rodriguez has provided the perfect and much-needed companion to any course on pre-modern Muslim-Christian relations. This book will help to ground and shape discussion and debate for a new generation that urgently needs and wants to understand this past.
    Hussein Fancy, University of Michigan

    Muslim and Christian Contact in the Middle Ages is an unparalleled collection of primary sources, many newly translated, that invites readers to consider the full range of Muslim–Christian encounters from the rise of Islam through the fifteenth century. Rodriguez brings the multi-religious medieval Mediterranean to life with an impressive variety of texts: from fiery calls to crusade and jihad to merchants' and travelers' accounts of everyday economic and social relationships; from captivity narratives to inter-religious romances; and from religious polemics to a common thirst for the Muslim world's scientific, medical, and philosophical knowledge. Jarbel Rodriguez's carefully curated and thoughtfully introduced reader will be indispensable for students and thoroughly enjoyable for non-specialists and specialists alike.
    Jocelyn Hendrickson, University of Alberta

    Carefully selected, balanced, first-rate translations from both Muslim and Christian sources. It includes not only the key documents one would expect to find in a history of this period, but also lesser-known works that round out the common picture of war and conflict with insights into the daily life of elites and commoners alike. An invaluable resource for anyone interested in the history of Muslim-Christian encounters in the medieval Mediterranean world.
    David Blanks, American University in Cairo
  • Author Information

    Jarbel Rodriguez is Professor of Medieval History at San Francisco State University. He is a co-author of Exchanges: A Global History Reader, Volume I (2008) with Trevor R. Getz and Richard J. Hoffman and the author of Captives and Their Saviors in the Medieval Crown of Aragon (2007).
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction

    Chapter 1. Origins and Background to Christian/Islamic Interactions
    1. The Pact of Umar
    2. The Conquest of Alexandria
    3. The Coming of Islam and the Destruction of the (Roman) World
    4. Al-Jahiz's Warnings about the Christians
    5. A Muslim Ambassador in Constantinople
    6. The Conquest of the Iberian Peninsula
    7. The Battle of Tours
    8. Christians and Muslims in the Age of Charlemagne
    9. Converting Churches into Mosques in Spain
    10. Support for the Dhimmis
    11. The Martyrs of Cordoba

    Chapter 2. Warfare in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Holy Land
    12. The Coming of the Seljuk Turks
    13. Calling the Crusades
    14. The First Crusade
    15. The Muslim Reaction
    16. Richard the Lionheart and Saladin
    17. The Seventh Crusade
    18. The Conquest of Acre and the End of Crusader States
    19. The Ottoman Turks and the Battle of Nicopolis
    20. The Conquest of Constantinople

    Chapter 3. Warfare in the Spain and the Western Mediterranean
    21. The Conquest of Toledo
    22. The Arrival of the Almoravids
    23. Two Views of El Cid
    24. The Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa
    25. Christian Conquests and the Rise of the Nasrids
    26. Warfare at Sea
    27. Frontier Raids
    28. The Conquest of Granada and Its Aftermath

    Chapter 4. Diplomacy and Alliances
    29. A Complex Alliance
    30. Frederick II and al-Kamil
    31. Crusader/Mamluk Treaties
    32. Ottoman Treaty with the Venetians
    33. The Sultan Bayezid Sends a Relic to the Pope
    34. A Christian King and his Muslim Vassal
    35. Arranging the Surrender of a Castle
    36. Negotiating a Truce
    37. A Truce Agreement

    Chapter 5. Economic Relations
    38. The Markets of Seville
    39. Muslim Merchants in Christian Regions
    40. A Venetian Trading License
    41. Muslims and Christians in Business Partnerships
    42. Muslims and Economic Exchanges in Las Siete Partidas
    43. Maritime Commercial Law
    44. An Appeal for Christian Merchants
    45. Regulating Muslims in Lleida
    46. Latin Christian Travelers Describe Foreign Markets and Goods
    47. Truce Between the Turks and Genoese Safeguarding the Rights of Merchants

    Chapter 6. Religious Interactions
    48. Muslim Polemics on the Gospels
    49. The King of England Contemplates Conversion to Islam
    50. Saint Francis Preaches to the Sultan of Egypt
    51. Muslims and Christians Defend Monotheism
    52. Plans to Recover the Holy Land
    53. A Response to Christianity
    54. Ramon Llull and Boccaccio
    55. The Conversion of Anselm de Turmeda
    56. Johann Schiltberger's Views on Islam

    Chapter 7. The Views of the Other
    57. A Tale of Two Cities
    58. The Eccentricities of the Franks
    59. A Victory Sermon
    60. A Christian View of Islam
    61. Burchard of Mount Sion on the People of the East
    62. The Pope, the Patriarch and the Kohen
    63. The Emperor and the Grand Turk

    Chapter 8. Lives of Minority Communities
    64. The Regulation of Dhimmis
    65. Ibn Jubayr in Sicily
    66. Muslims under Castilian Law
    67. An Incident in Cairo
    68. Minority Communities and International Relations
    69. A Fatwa against Christian Merchants
    70. Ordinances of Valladolid
    71. Muslim Minorities and the Complexities of the Law
    72. Pietro Casola in Jerusalem

    Chapter 9. Intellectual Contacts
    73. A Storehouse of Knowledge
    74. Adelard of Bath and Arabic Sciences
    75. A Muslim Geographer in King Roger's Court
    76. Strange Medicines
    77. Translations of Gerard of Cremona
    78. Islamic Learning and Roger Bacon
    79. Learning Arabic in the Christian World
    80. Muslim Influence on Latin Medicine

    Chapter 10. Of Love and Bondage
    81. The Wedding of Lady Theresa
    82. Forbidden Love
    83. Alfonso VI and Sa'ida
    84. Bohemond and the Turkish Princess
    85. The Egyptian and His Frankish Wife
    86. How to Purchase a Slave
    87. Captive Tales
    88. On the Janissaries
    89. The Taking and Freeing of Captives in Iberia

    Sources
    Index of Topics

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