The "other" in the crusading period: Walter the Chancellor's presentation of Najm al-Dīn Il-Ghāzī

Alexander Philip John Mallett

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This paper examines ideas surrounding the presentation of the Muslim "other" in Latin writings of the early period of the Crusades. Using a case-study approach of the views of one chronicler, Walter the Chancellor, in his work Bella Antiochena, on one individual Muslim, Najm al-Dīn Il-Ghāzī, the paper studies aspects of the image of Il-Ghāzī, the reasons for them, how and why they develop throughout the chronicle, and whether, from the other information given in the chronicle, it would be possible to interpret the information in other ways. The conclusions reached demonstrate that the reason for the vitriol in Walter's presentation was his wish to justify the Crusades and suggest that the writers of Outremer started to develop their own cross-cultural responses to Islam, independent of mainstream European thought, because of their situation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-128
Number of pages16
JournalAl-Masaq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Antioch (principality)-historiography
  • Artukids, Turcoman dynasty
  • Chronicles-in Crusader States
  • Il-Ghāzī, Najm al-Dīn, Turcoman leader
  • Walter the Chancellor, chronicler

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  • Religious studies

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The "other" in the crusading period : Walter the Chancellor's presentation of Najm al-Dīn Il-Ghāzī. / Mallett, Alexander Philip John.

In: Al-Masaq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean, Vol. 22, No. 2, 01.01.2010, p. 113-128.

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