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Dhul-Qarnayn, The One of the Two Horns, in the Latin Glosses to the Qur’an

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

  • Katarzyna K. Starczewska


The objective of this paper is to trace the trajectories of the Medieval and Early Modern interpretations of the Qur’anic verses 18:83-101, believed to narrate the deeds of Alexander the Great. Close reading of the annotations from various Latin translations of the Muslim Holy Book, ranging from Robert of Ketton’s version (1142-1143) to that of Johann Zechendorff (c. 1632), will shed some light on how Qur’anic knowledge was incorporated against the background of ancient history and other realms of knowledge in Latin Christendom.

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