Shared Devotion among Muslims and Christians, According to Burchard of Strasbourg, Envoy from Frederic Barbarossa to Saladin (c. 1175)
This chapter discusses an account of Burchard of Strasbourg of his travels from Cairo to Damascus in a bid to negotiate an alliance with Saladin. Along with his numerous descriptions of the things he saw during his journey, Burchard narrates his pilgrimage to two holy sites devoted to the Virgin Mary: Matariyya, which is near Cairo, and Saydnâyâ, which is near Damascus. In this account Burchard explains that Muslims believe Mary was a holy virgin who miraculously gave birth to Jesus, a great prophet. This is why Muslims show such devotion to her, and why they extend respect to Christians living throughout their land.
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