Charlemagne’s ›Jihād‹ Revisited: Debating the Islamic Contribution to an Epochal Change in the History of Christianization

@article{Knig2016CharlemagnesR,
  title={Charlemagne’s ›Jihād‹ Revisited: Debating the Islamic Contribution to an Epochal Change in the History of Christianization},
  author={Daniel G. K{\"o}nig},
  journal={Medieval Worlds},
  year={2016},
  pages={3-40}
}
  • Daniel G. König
  • Published 2016
  • History
  • Medieval Worlds
  • In 2006, Yitzhak Hen published an article under the title »Charlemagne’s Jihad«, proposing that Charlemagne’s policy of forced conversion of the Saxons – the earliest combination of conquest and forced conversion in the history of Christianity – had actually been modelled on a typically ›Islamic‹ approach to other religious groups. Hen argued that Charlemagne’s expedition to Zaragoza in 777-778 as well as his reception of Hispanic refugees such as Theodulf at court acquainted the Frankish king… CONTINUE READING
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