Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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Muslims in Western canon law, 1000-1500
(13,442 words)

Collections of Latin canon law published from the late 12th through late 15th centuries regularly include a section titled ‘On Jews and Saracens and their [Christian] servants’ (De Iudaeis et Sarracenis et eorum servis).


  This title is revealing in several respects. First, it reflects the fact that Roman Catholic canonists active during this period perceived this subject matter as a discrete topic and possessed a significant number of normative statements about it. We should not take this fact for granted: Gratian’s Decretum, the foundational text of classical canon law c…

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Freidenreich, David M., “Muslims in Western canon law, 1000-1500”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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