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The Depiction of the Saracen Foreign Rule in the Prophetic Chronicle Through Biblical Knowledge

Patrick S. Marschner

Abstract

The intention of this article is to interpret the biblical elements in the Prophetic Chronicle concerning their role in the process of identification of the cultural and religious Other in the Iberian Peninsula. To understand the Christian strategies of identification, the article contrasts the biblical elements in the text with their appearance in the Bible and compares the corresponding narrations. Since the contemporary foreign rulers over major parts of the former Visigothic kingdom were named almost entirely with biblically connoted ethnonyms, understanding these denominations is necessary to investigate both the perception and depiction of the Arab rulers of Hispania. Consequently, this article can point out the importance of the biblical elements in Christian-Iberian historical writing for research on the transcultural Iberian Peninsula and simultaneously offers new insight about the Prophetic Chronicle.

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