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

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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