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Towards Rustaveli’s Place in Medieval European-Christian Thought

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This chapter summarizes the author's view of Rustaveli's place in the European-Christian thought process of the Middle Ages. It is based on an analysis of the most important and literary images of The Knight in the Panther's Skin, its philosophical-theological, ethical, scholastic, and legal concepts, and its plot structure and world view. The author begins the presentation by discussing how it was formed through the interpretation of previous points of view. Along these lines, the long-standing research into Rustaveli's philosophical outlook is notable. The author's point of departure was the research carried out by Georgian philologists, especially Korneli Kekelidze, into Rustaveli's religious outlook based on Christian theology as the only official ideology of medieval Georgia. Ultimately, the conclusions he drew from this research presented ideas that differ significantly from the two most common approaches to Rustaveli's world view.

Keywords: Christian theology; Georgian philologists; Medieval European-Christian thought; Rustaveli's place; The Knight in the Panther's Skin



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