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مطالعات تاریخ اسلام 2013, 5(18): 47-68 Back to browse issues page
Change of the term Saracen and its application by Europeans up to the end of thirteen the century (AD)
Jamal Razmjoo , Seyyed Ahmad Reza Khezri
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: Long-held familiarity and interaction between Muslims and Christians led to the development of a collection of terms and concepts in historical sources; some of which are both politically and culturally loaded. Within this collection, Saracen is one of the most ancient terms used by the European Christians for introducing the Arabs. However, after the emergence of Islam, the application of this term was expanded to all Muslims; which often conveyed a distorted image of Islam, in general, and the Prophet (peace be upon him), in particular and has of negative connotations. This change of use of the notion of Saracen from the Arabs to Muslims raises a number of questions: First, what is the root of the term Saracen? And second, how did the evolution of the term among Europeans take place? Answering these questions, through a descriptive-analytic approach, was made possible through studying available resources including the rebuttal of the Christians.

Keywords: Saracen, Islam, Christianity, Andalusia, Middle Ages, Heroic Poetry, Epic literature
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2017/09/14 | Accepted: 2017/09/14 | Published: 2017/09/14
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Razmjoo J, Khezri S A R. Change of the term Saracen and its application by Europeans up to the end of thirteen the century (AD). مطالعات تاریخ اسلام. 2013; 5 (18) :47-68
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پژوهشكده تاريخ اسلام، فصلنامه مطالعات تاریخ اسلام A Quarterly Journal of Historical Studies of Islam
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