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Memoirs of Usamah Essay

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Spencer Whittaker Essay #7 REWRITE Question: How did the fear of witchcraft influence Frankish culture? Around the 1100s, at the time when Usamah ibn Munqidh fought against the Crusaders with Saladin as a Muslim warrior and courtier, it was the view of some that the people from Frankish lands had a very “rude character”. (1) In fact, Usamah wrote in his autobiography of two stories in which “fresh emigrant(s)” from Frankish lands were observed acting in such a way that would exemplify that claim. In one story a blind Muslim man, “who was still young and was well dressed” (2), approached him and al-Amir Mu'in-al-Din in Nablus. After asking for admittance into the amir’s service in Damascus, Usamah did some inquiring only to find out that the man “used to practice ruses against the Frankish pilgrims”. (3) In partnership with his mother the two would then assassinate them. It was after he was discovered that he was put on trial in accordance with Frankish procedures. (4) The method used on this man as payment for his crimes was capital punishment. Based on this story, a fear of witchcraft must have contributed to their method of dealing with the man’s crime. Not only did their paranoia of a witch contribute to harsher punishment, it affected the law of Frankish culture in various other ways too.
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