Dante and Islam

Dante and Islam

Dante put Muhammad in one of the lowest circles of Hell. At the same time, the medieval Christian poet placed several Islamic philosophers much more honorably in Limbo. Furthermore, it has long been suggested that for much of the basic framework of the Divine Comedy Dante was indebted to apocryphal traditions about a “night journey” taken by Muhammad.

Dante scholars have increasingly returned to the question of Islam to explore the often surprising encounters among religious traditions that the Middle Ages afforded. This collection of essays works through what was known of the Qur’an and of Islamic philosophy and science in Dante’s day and explores the bases for Dante’s images of Muhammad and Ali. It further compels us to look at key instances of engagement among Muslims, Jews, and Christians.

  • Cover
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • Approaches to a Controversy
    • Dante and Islam: History and Analysis of a Controversy
    • Dante and Islamic Culture
  • Dante and Knowledge of the Qur’an
    • Translations of the Qur’an and Other Islamic Texts before Dante (Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries)
    • How an Italian Friar Read His Arabic Qur’an
  • Images of Islamic Philosophy and Learning in Dante
    • Philosophers, Theologians, and the Islamic Legacy in Dante: Inferno 4 versus Paradiso 4
    • Dante and the Falasifa: Religion as Imagination
    • Falconry as a Transmutative Art: Dante, Frederick II, and Islam
  • Images of Muhammad in Dante
    • Dante’s Muhammad: Parallels between Islam and Arianism
    • Muhammad in Hell
  • Islam in Dante’s Italy
    • Mendicants and Muslims in Dante’s Florence
    • Dante and the Three Religions
    • The Last Muslims in Italy
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • List of Contributors
  • Index of References to Dante’s Major Works
  • General Index
    • A
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    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
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    • I
    • J
    • K
    • L
    • M
    • N
    • O
    • P
    • Q
    • R
    • S
    • T
    • U
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