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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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Veneratio Sarracenorum

Veneratio Sarracenorum

Shared Devotion among Muslims and Christians, According to Burchard of Strasbourg, Envoy from Frederic Barbarossa to Saladin (c. 1175)

(p.101) 7 Veneratio Sarracenorum
Sons of Ishmael

John V. Tolan

University Press of Florida

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.

Keywords:   Burchard of Strasbourg, Saladin, pilgrimage, Matariyya, Saydnâyâ, Virgin Mary, Muslims, Christians

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