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Sons of IshmaelMuslims through European Eyes in the Middle Ages$
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John V. Tolan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032221

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032221.001.0001

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The Dream of Conversion

The Dream of Conversion

Baptizing Pagan Kings in the Crusade Epics

(p.66) 5 The Dream of Conversion
Sons of Ishmael

John V. Tolan

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses the legends that surround Kurbqa, Atabeg of Mosul, whom the troops of the First Crusade routed outside of Antioch in June 1098. It shows that Muslim rulers are cast in the familiar guise of pagan kings who—as potential new Constantines—might convert and come to the aid of an embattled Christendom.

Keywords:   legends, Kurbqa, Atabeg of Mosul, First Crusade, Antioch, Muslim rulers, pagan kings, Constantines, Christendom

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