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Hermann Of Carinthia

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Hermann studied in Chartres or Paris, and between 1138 and 1143 he was in the Iberian peninsula, perhaps in the entourage of Michael, bishop of Tarazona, working on Latin translations of Arabic scientific texts, especially mathematics, natural sciences and astronomy. Peter of Cluny used them in the Summa totius haeresis Sarracenorum and in the Liber contra sectam Sarracenorum, and the information given in the Liber de generatione Mahumet about the prophetic significance of Muhammad proved useful in the on-going tradition of anti-Islamic polemic, although the theme of divine light marking out the prophets does not appear often in Latin works. Both this work and the other titles from the Collectio compiled by Peter were also used in later tradition.

Keywords: arabic; Carinthia; Hermann; Iberian peninsula; Liber contra sectam Sarracenorum; Liber de generatione Mahumet ; Muhammad; Peter of Cluny; Summa totius haeresis Sarracenorum



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