Martin Luther and Islam: A Study in Sixteenth-Century by Adam S. Francisco

By Adam S. Francisco

Drawing upon an unlimited array of Martin Luther's writings whereas additionally focusing upon a number of key texts, this ebook illuminates the Reformers idea on Islam, and thereby offers clean perception into his position within the historical past of Christian-Muslim family

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20 He marched his army through Hungary up to Austria and sent raiders out in all directions hoping to draw the Habsburgs into open battle. But after they failed to attract any significant forces and it became clear to the Turks that they did not have enough time to take Vienna and move into Germany before winter, Süleyman pulled back. Not much was accomplished by way of expansion, but the Turks had shocked Austria and the Habsburgs by how far and wide they were able to penetrate into central Europe.

In fact, he was considered—at . least metaphorically—to be the first born son of Satan, for he and his minions were all instrumental figures in the soon approaching apocalypse whereby God would in the end crush the Devil and his work and bring about an end to all of his enemies—Islam being one of the greatest. Even so, while the fate of Islam was sealed, it was still necessary to learn about and refute its doctrines, for in the case of Peter of Cluny and especially Riccoldo there was still hope, albeit slight, of rescuing Muslims from the error of their ways.

55 Although he never actively sought out information on Libre del gentil e los tres savis, cited in Tolan, Saracens, 264. See Tolan, Saracens, 256–274. 55 Kenneth Setton, Western Hostility towards Islam and Prophecies of Turkish Doom (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1992), 7. Joachim was one of the most influential ‘theorists in history’ in general (Bernard McGinn, Visions of the End: Apocalyptic Tradition in the Middle Ages [New York: Columbia University Press, 1998], 126, 149–157; cf.

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