Did the Saracens Get Their Name from the Biblical Sarah?

That’s what the rumor is. The truth about the ancient Arabic-speaking tribe is a little different.

A Dutch woodcut showing “Saracens” by Erhard Reuwich, 1486. Wikipedia.

A Dutch woodcut showing “Saracens” by Erhard Reuwich, 1486. Wikipedia.

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Nov. 27 2019
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