Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Medieval -- Religious Polemic and the Intellectual History of the Mozarabs, C. 1050-1200 by Thomas E. Burman

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Medieval -- Religious Polemic and the Intellectual History of the Mozarabs, C. 1050-1200 by Thomas E. Burman

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Religious Polemic and the Intellectual History of the Mozarabs, c. 1050-1200. By Thomas E. Burman.

Brill's Studies in Intellectual History, Volume 52.

(Leiden: E. J. Brill. 1994. Pp. xv, 407. $94.50.)

This book consists of two distinct but related parts. The second of these is a 173-page edition and translation into English, on facing pages, of the Latin manuscript entitled Liber denudationis sive ostensionis aut patefaciens along with the editor's introduction to it. The manuscript exists but in a single copy in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. It is a late medieval translation from the original Arabic, partially abbreviated, of a Christian polemic against Islam composed sometime between 1085 and 1132. The original was the product of a Mozarab author, possibly a resident in Toledo.

The work was divided into twelve chapters that denounced severally Islam, Muslims, Muhammad, and the Quran. Known to both Ramon Lull and Ramon Marti, it figured as well in the later medieval Christian religious polemic against Islam in the Iberian peninsula.

The first half of the book is comprised of a 211-page study of the intellectual vitality of the Mozarab community in Iberia in the period 1050 to 1200. That study is based, as the author cautions us, upon the Liber itself and four other much shorter works that total only eighty-five pages of Arabic and Latin text. …

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