The natural and the supernatural in medieval Latin lives of Muhammad

Yolles, J. (Underviser)

Aktivitet: Foredrag og mundtlige bidragKonferenceoplæg


This keynote lecture examines the genre of polemical lives of Muhammad, written by Christians in Latin between the ninth and fourteenth centuries. I argue that the evolving portrayal of Muhammad should be viewed in light of the sweeping changes in European intellectual culture from the early twelfth century onward, which involved not only the increasing application of rationalism to theology, but also a sudden large influx of Arabic texts and ideas as part of the translation movements of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. While the lives of Muhammad are typically regarded as a discourse separate from the intellectual developments taking place across Europe, I suggest that these narratives participate in a complex engagement with the growing influence of Muslim thinkers on Christian intellectual culture.
Periode6. jun. 2019
BegivenhedstitelAnnual Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies Research Master Conference: Appealing to higher powers: The intermingling of the natural and the supernatural in the Premodern World
PlaceringGroningen, Holland