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Arabic-Islamic Views of the Latin West


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1: Arabic-Islamic Records on Latin-Christian Europe: Introduction 2: An Evolving Information Landscape, 7th-15th centuries 3: Scholars At Work 4: Discovery of the Roman West 5: The Visigoths: History of a Conquered People 6: From the Franks to France 7: From the Patriarch of Rome to the Pope 8: The Expanding Latin-Christian Sphere 9: Arabic-Islamic Records on Latin-Christian Europe: A Re-evaluation Bibliography Index

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After studying in Washington D.C., Koenigswinter, Cairo, Salamanca, Bonn, and Aleppo, Daniel G. Koenig acquired his PhD at the University of Bonn in 2006 with a thesis on the Christianisation of Western Europe. From 2007 to 2011 he worked in Late Antiquity/Early Middle Ages research at the German Historical Institute in Paris where he coordinated a research group on cultural exchange in the medieval Mediterranean. From 2011 to 2014 he worked as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Frankfurt am Main. Since 2014, he has held a start-up professorship for transcultural studies within the area 'Asia and Europe in a Global Context' at the University of Heidelberg.


Koenig's work marks a major contribution to the historiography of Christian-Muslim contact in the Middle Ages and constitutes a valuable collection of research on the history of the Latin West according to non-Latin sources. ... Koenig's magisterial study helps us to view the history of intercultural contact in its complexity rather than reduce it into factitious and self-aggrandizing generalizations. * Ryan Szpiech, Der Islam *
Arabic-Islamic Views of the Latin West will be a key resource for future scholars interested in medieval Muslims' views of their non-Muslim neighbours. * Harry Munt, Reviews in History *
The breadth of Koenig's survey is certainly impressive, and the conclusions he draws are important contributions to scholarship. And it may also be said that his investigation should be a necessary reference for future scholarship within the field ... Koenig provides a much needed systematic investigation that convincingly and robustly traces the emergence of medieval Europe in the minds of medieval Arabic-Islamic thinkers. Establishing this process of emergence in itself is an indispensible contribution to scholarship, as it overturns some of the most misleading assertions that have shaped the study of this subject in the past. * Eyad Abuali, Americal Journal of Islamic Social Sciences *

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