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Medieval Exegesis and Religious DifferenceCommentary, Conflict, and Community in the Premodern Mediterranean$
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Ryan Szpiech

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264629

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264629.001.0001

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Two Dominicans, a Lost Manuscript, and Medieval Christian Thought on Islam

Two Dominicans, a Lost Manuscript, and Medieval Christian Thought on Islam

(p.71) 4 Two Dominicans, a Lost Manuscript, and Medieval Christian Thought on Islam
Medieval Exegesis and Religious Difference

Thomas E. Burman

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This chapter discusses the polemical efforts of the Dominican Order as it confronted Jewish and Muslim scriptural and exegetical texts in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Burman considers the lost source of a surviving sixteenth-century manuscript (Paris, BnF MS lat. 3394), which brings together Mark of Toledo’s Latin translation of the Qurʾān, the fifth chapter of Petrus Alfonsi’s Dialogus contra Iudaeos (Dialogue against the Jews), written against Islam, and the only known copy of the Liber denudationis siue ostensionis aut patefaciens (Book of Denuding or Exposing, or the Discloser), a Latin translation of an eleventh-century Arabic anti-Muslim polemic. Burman shows how two Dominican friars, Riccoldo da Monte di Croce and Ramon Martí, used or knew this manuscript, and then contrasts their approaches to Islamic sources. According to Burman, the different ways in which they read the Qurʾān and its exegesis and wrote about them in Latin polemical texts explain to some extent the divergent fates of each writer among later Christian readers.

Keywords:   Riccoldo da Monte di Croce, Ramon Martí, Mark of Toledo, Liber denudationis, Book of Denuding, Petrus Alfonsi, Latin translations of the Qurʾān, Christian Anti-Muslim polemics

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