Perhaps the greatest works of literature is The Divine Comedy written
by Dante Alighieri (1321)
Dante was not afraid to say Icons went to hell.
In myself! See how twisted and broken Mohammed is! Before
me walks Ali, his face Cleft from chin to crown, grief– stricken.
All the others you see in this place Sowed scandal and schism
when they were alive,
And thus are now split wide.
Dante was the Salman Rushdie of his day.
Averroes writings on Philosophy must have been popular in
In Cantos IV Averroes is in the limbo part of hell.
"Down to the blind world we'll go," Said the poet, his face
losing color, "I'll descend first, and then you'll follow." And I, who had observed his pallor,
Asked: "How can I follow with the sight Of fear on the face
of my protector?"
And he to me: "What you take for fright Is in reality pity
For these anguished souls' plight....
I saw Euclid the geometer, Hippocrates, Avicenna, Galen,
And Averroes, who commented on the great philosopher