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Patterns of Cross-Cultural Tolerance and Intolerance in Medieval Christian Depictions of Islam, Muslims, and Mohammad

Patterns of Cross-Cultural Tolerance and Intolerance in Medieval Christian Depictions of Islam, Muslims, and Mohammad

By Jenn Henry

Macalester Islam Journal: Vol. 1: 1 (2006)

Abstract: This paper will address similarities in moments of tolerance, moments of intolerance, and the events that spark the change in Christian perceptions of Islam. These patterns support a regularly fluctuating model of history akin to Ibn Khaldun’s theory of the rise and fall of civilizations. The paper will conclude by offering the value of such a model, also proposing ways in which the model might be used to break the cycle of history.

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