Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Vita Machometi
(446 words)

Life of Muḥammad


Date: Probably early 12th century

Original Language: Latin


Adelphus’ text is a brief and very polemical narration of the life of Muḥammad. He opens his narrative by affirming that he frequently heard the Saracens invoke Muḥammad, ‘calling on him and worshiping him as a god’. This piques his curiosity, and he asks ‘a little Greek man’ to tell him about Muḥammad and the Saracens; it…

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Tolan, John, “ Vita Machometi”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 24 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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