posted by Maryann on .
hat factors explain medieval Islam's relatively high level of tolerance for non-believers, and did regions controlled by the Roman Catholic Church share that broad acceptance?
I think Muslims recognized the commonality of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. They were all people of the Book and trace their origins to Abraham. Medieval Muslims believed that Mohammed brought the latest word from God, while he recognized the scriptures that had gone predated him.
The Roman Catholic Church at that time was sure it held the ultimate truths and persecuted those who threatened their sense of absolute truth.
* scriptures that had predated him