Islam, Jews and Eastern Christianity in Late Medieval Pilgrims Guidebooks: some examples from the Franciscan Convent of Mount Sion

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JournalAl-Masāq : Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean
DatePublished - 1 Apr 2012
Issue number1
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)75-89
Original languageEnglish


The Holy Land was described, not just in the accounts of the pilgrims who visited the most sacred land of Christianity, but also in several compilations and collections of texts conceived as guidebooks for clerics and pilgrims. From the fourteenth century onwards, many of these collections are clearly linked to the Franciscan Convent of Mount Sion. These assemblages often include texts on customs and religious beliefs of the peoples of the Near East and on the history of the Holy Land. One of the aims of the compilers seems to have been to prepare the reader to meet unorthodox practices and beliefs, emphasising the contrast between Latin Christianity and Eastern Christianity or Islam.

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