The prefaces to many translations of texts
from Arabic into Latin or even into
Castilian reflect many of their authors’
opinions. The translators focussed on
some important areas of knowledge: in
religion, on apologetics and controversy
connected with the study of Islamic doctrine
and the life and work of the prophet
Muhammad; and in philosophy and science.
This anthology offers a rich series of
medieval scholarly testimonies on the
persistence of Islam in Spain and in particular
in Toledo. Texts are provided both
in their original Latin or Castilian and
also in English translation.