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Phenomena of perception lie within a field of research covered by natural scientists, philosophers, psychologists, etc. For those concerned with the past, documentary evidence provides the key to analyse bygone perceptions. Art historians have recourse to artistic production and theoretical reflection on the functioning of vision.26 Archaeologists can draw conclusions from material remains, e.g. in frontier zones populated by different religious, ethnic, and linguistic groups.'[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] Historians, in turn, analyse phenomena of perception via texts.

  • [1] Khalidi, ‘Reflections’ (1998), pp. 107—24; Qasim, tatawwur (2004), pp. 195—204.
  • [2] 24 This position is implicitly or explicitly maintained by Dawson, ‘Spengler’ (1956), pp. 385—6;Bulliet, Case (2004), pp. 9—39; Wickham, Framing(2005); Neuwirth, Koran (2010); Hoyland, ‘Islam’(2012), pp. 1053-77.
  • [3] Arnold, ‘Mittelalter’ (1981), pp. 287-300; Robinson, ‘Medieval’ (1984), pp. 745-56; Schaferdiek,
  • [4] ‘Mittelalter’ (1994/2000), pp. 110-21.
  • [5] 26 Belting, Florenz (2008). 27 Senac, ‘Remarques’ (2012), pp. 104-19.
 
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