Date of Award

8-2009

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

History

First Advisor

Dr. Larry Simon

Second Advisor

Dr. David Kutzko

Third Advisor

Dr. Howard Dooley

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

In 1288 CE, the Dominican monk Riccoldo da Montecroce traveled to Palestine on pilgrimage. He lived for the next ten years in Baghdad, not only studying Arabic and the Qur'an, but also attempting to convert locals to Catholicism. While in the East, Riccoldo composed the Liber Peregrinationis, a record of his travels to, and time in, Baghdad. This thesis examines Riccoldo's descriptions of Mongols, Eastern Christians, and Muslims in this work to determine his biases and establish criteria that he used to denigrate or praise these groups. This study concludes that while Riccoldo was generally consistent in his criteria for evaluating Mongols, Eastern Christians and Muslims, he did not in his polemic, however, condemn the behavior of individual Muslims, only the tenets of their religion.

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