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.