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Understanding the ‘Sarrasins’ in Byzance in the first half of the nineteenth century

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Religion, Primitive
Subject (Philosophy)
World literature
Western literature (Western countries)
Pictorial representations


This article seeks to describe the social interactions between Byzantins and Muslims as a process that has gradually developed over time and was not an immutable series of similar episodes (spectacular embassies, interreligious fierce polemics, etc.) as portrayed by both medieval and modern historians. I will ask two simple questions: on the one hand, how have the knowledge of ‘Sarrasins’ and their religion entered Constantinople and became the subject of interest in Byzantine literature? On the other hand, how was this process integrated into the political and social life of Byzantins? I will start by looking at an even more basic issue: who are the Byzantins who, at that time, had contacts with Muslims? I assume that their concerns and interests in these reports have influenced the way Byzantins expressed their image of Arabs and Islam and responded to them. I identified three social groups in contact with Muslims at that time: (1) melkites, (2) soldiers and (3) Constantinople elites. These circles produced (or influenced) different literary responses, depending on their ways of perceiving Islam. I will present them separately and in approximately chronological order.

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