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Juan de Segovia on the Superiority of Christians over Muslims: Liber de magna auctoritate episcoporum in concilio generali 10.6

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No discussion of dialogue between Christians and Muslims in late medieval Europe can overlook the contributions of the Spanish theologian Juan de Segovia. Although the Ottoman conquest of the Byzantine capital surely gave new urgency to Segovia's interest in the 'Islamic question', that interest long antedated 1453. We know that Segovia and Cusa shared their mutual interest in Islam while they were together at the Council of Basel in the 1430s. Until recently, scholarly attention has primarily focused on Segovia's correspondence with Cusa, Jean Germain, and Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini. Santiago Madrigal has also rightly observed that even in works seemingly unrelated to Islam, such as his Liber de magna auctoritate episcoporum in concilio generali, Segovia occasionally addresses issues pertaining to Christian-Muslims relations. This chapter also presents an appendix that contains the translation of Juan de Segovia, Liber de magna auctoritate episcoporum 10. 6.

Keywords: Christians; Cusa; Jean Germain; Juan de Segovia; Muslims; Santiago Madrigal



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