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Saracen NOT A BOOK

Saracen

NOT A BOOK

Published June 12th 2010
ISBN : 9786130405472
Paperback
98 pages
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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Saracen was a term used by the ancient Romans to refer to people who inhabited the deserts near the Roman province of Syria and who were distinct from Arabs. The term was later applied to Arab peoples andMoreHigh Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Saracen was a term used by the ancient Romans to refer to people who inhabited the deserts near the Roman province of Syria and who were distinct from Arabs. The term was later applied to Arab peoples and by the time of European chroniclers during the time of the Crusades came to be synonymous for Muslim.The term Saracen comes from Greek, which has often been thought to be derived from the Arabic word, though the Oxford English Dictionary (s.v.) calls etymologies from this not well founded. One of earliest references is in Ptolemys Geography, which refers to a Sarakenoi people living in the north-western Arabian peninsula, and distinct from Arabs. The term spread into Western Europe through the Byzantines and Crusaders. After the rise of Islam, and especially at the time of the Crusades, its usage was extended to refer to all Muslims, including non-Arab Muslims, particularly those in Sicily and southern Italy.