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Islam and Muslims in Byzantine historiography of the 10th-15th centuries
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Byzantine historians writing in Greek used a great number of designations for Muslims. Some were derived from the Old Testament, such as Agarēnoi and Ismaēlitai, descendants of Hagar and of her son Ishmael, who were driven out by Abraham after the birth of Isaac (Genesis 16; 17:20, 23, 25-26; 21:9-21). These designations were used for Muslims of various ethnic origins. Other terms, such as Arabes or Sarakēnoi, had already been used in Ancient Greek literature and had then been defined ethnically, but were now employed synonymously with Agarēnoi, as in the report in Theophanes continuatu…

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Todt, Klaus-Peter, “Islam and Muslims in Byzantine historiography of the 10th-15th centuries”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 18 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-8054_cmri_COM_25788>
First published online: 2010



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