Dante and Islam Posted on April 6, 2010 by Steven Wedgeworth This article is worth your time: http://www.muslimphilosophy.com/ip/tud.htm Share this:Click to email a link to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related
His main point is indubitable, but he overplays a lot of the particulars.
Dante is relentlessly Thomistic and treats pagans like the church fathers have always treated them. Subversively.
The short answer for why weird people show up in weird places is that, as Beatrice explains, the Commedia is a symbolic structuring to bring him to understanding. It is not a map of the afterlife.