The Impact of Inter-cultural Contact on the Understanding of Mendicant Friars Concerning Islam and Muslims


Abstract


It is widely regarded to be intricate about how Christians and Muslims perceived and reverted to each other during the medieval times. Although the existence of predominant standpoints and trends has been proved by extensive investigations, smaller-scale researches are exposing that replies could be much more complicate and subtle. This paper tries to transact a middle ground to check the understandings of Islam and Muslims of three mendicant friars. Researches prove that straightforward meetings with Muslims, and their conventions, practices, and beliefs, or active contact with Greco-Arabic philosophy, or both, provided these three men with new methods to rationalize the reality of Islam and its henchmen, breaking the bonds of traditional ideological feedbacks and enabling them to produce fresh and more informed ideas on both. There is implication that the possible impact that inter-cultural communication may have had on the inter-religious understandings of mendicant friars in the latter part of the thirteenth century.


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