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Burchard Of Strasbourg

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This chapter presents a short description of the work Itinerarium, 'Itinerary'on Christian-Muslim relations. The author of the Itinerarium is probably Burkardus, native of Cologne, a churchman in the entourage of Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa. Burchard's Itinerary reads as a travel narrative. He tells how he set sail from Genoa and stopped in Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily (he describes the flora, fauna, and the inhabitants of these islands); he describes the fish of the Mediterranean and the famous lighthouse of Alexandria, which he saw as he approached the African coast. He gives a long description of Egypt, and then relates his voyages across the desert to Syria, where he visits Damascus and the monastery of Saydnaya.

Keywords: Burchard of Strasbourg; Christian-Muslim relations; Itinerarium

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