Lectio et Disputatio in the prologue of Contra legem Sarracenorum by Riccoldo da Monte di Croce

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Abstract

© Casa de Velázquez. In medieval times, the writing of exegetical texts constitutes a com- mon practice to the three religions of the Book, with different facets and modalities that will depend on the perspective of the author. The case presented in this counterpoint, the analysis of the prologue of the Contra legem Sarracenorum of the Dominican Riccoldo da Monte di Croce (ca. 1300), offers a double peculiarity: on the one hand, the apologetic textual value, which is observed through the use of the psalm CXVIII; on the other, the use of this psalm which pushes the author to his controver- sial discourse against Islam. Thus, although the author uses his knowl- edge of Islamic texts in the course of his treaty, omitting Christian texts, in the first instance he seeks to strengthen his disputatio through lectio, which goes beyond mere exegetical comment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-155
JournalMelanges de la Casa de Velazquez
Volume49
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2019

Keywords

  • Disputatio
  • Lectio
  • Qur’an
  • Religious polemic
  • Riccoldo da Monte di Croce

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