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Context and the Use of Quotes from Robert of Ketton’s Translation of the Qur’an in the Itinerarium Symonis Semeonis

From the book The Latin Qur’an, 1143–1500

  • Agustín Justicia Lara


This chapter looks at the use of the Quranic translation of Robert of Ketton in the Itinerarium Symonis Semeonis, the account of the pilgrimage undertaken by the Irish Franciscan Symon Semeonis in 1323-1324. In the first part, it is introduced both the textual tradition of the Itinerarium and the voyage made by Symon Semeonis. Secondly, it is analyzed in the Itinerarium’s context the use of various Quranic passages, which the Irish Franciscan utilized to define negatively the Islam. Lastly, it is presented the discovery of the use of a verbatim copy of a gloss present in the Robert of Ketton’s translation of the Qur’an.

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