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Guilt By Association: Anti-Islamic Invective

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The Catholic Apologists include in their works what they claim to be a history of Islam yet is, instead, a review of many of the arguments of the mediaeval polemecists. The work of Riccoldo da Monte di Croce, the Improbatio alchorani, was very popular in the sixteenth century and was published in various languages. There was a tendency among anti-Islamic polemicists, which is very apparent in Riccoldo and Juan Andres, to compare the life of Jesus and Muhammad. In the Middle Ages the opening of the seven seals was believed to represent a prophetic outline of church history. One of the most notorious Morisco jofores was that contained in El pergamino de la Torre Turpiana (1588). The Catholic Apologists of the expulsion of the Moriscos rely heavily on biblical fi gurae in their task of justifying the expulsion of the Moriscos.

Keywords: anti-Islamic invective; Catholic Apologists; Improbatio alchorani; Muhammad; Riccoldo da Monte di Croce



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