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Petrus Alfonsi

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Petrus Alfonsi is one of the key actors in the transmission and assimilation of Arabic scientific, literary and religious texts and ideas to Latin Europe in the early 12th century. This chapter presents a short description of the book Dialogi contra Iudeos, ‘Dialogues against the Jews’ on Christian-Muslim Relations. Alfonsi's Dialogues brought several important new elements to anti- Jewish polemic in Latin. First was his attack on the Talmud, a text unknown to most previous Latin authors. The Dialogues became the most widely read and used of any medieval anti-Jewish text; they survive in 63 manuscripts, with sixteen additional manuscripts containing variant or abridged versions of the text.

Keywords: Christian-Muslim relations; Dialogi contra Iudeos; Petrus Alfonsi



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