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This is the introductory chapter of the book Nicholas of Cusa and Islam. This book is the product of papers read at the 2012 conference of the American Cusanus Society and the International Seminar on Pre-Reformation Theology of Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary. Segovia intensified his efforts on a new translation of the Qurʾan as a basis for discussion, and Cusanus wrote the dialogue De pace fidei, seeking 'a single easy harmony' among religions that would bring 'a lasting peace'. John Tolan's book Saracens, which provides an overview of the complicated history of medieval Christian-Muslim relations, bears out Brague's observation to a certain extent. But while relations varied greatly across time and place, polemics do seem to have dominated, and a dialogue like De pace fidei appears "more a literary genre than a reality". This chapter also gives a brief overview of how the other chapters in this book are organized.

Keywords: American Cusanus Society; Christian; De pace fidei; Islam; Nicholas of Cusa; Qurʾan; Segovia



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