Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Devisement du Monde
(1,026 words)

Il Milione

‘Travels’; ‘Description of the world’

Marco Polo

Date: 1298

Original Language: Old French


The Devisement du monde narrates Marco Polo’s wanderings across Asia. The traveller quickly notes, without comment, that the inhabitants of certain regions are Muslims. He regularly says that they adorent Maomet (Franco-Italian version, ch. XXXIV, 3) or that they are Saracin (ch. XXVI, 2). These are the two expressions used to refer to Muslims, and …

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Ménard, Philippe, “ Devisement du Monde”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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