What was Dante Alighieri's view of Islam

Mohammed in Hell: Italy puts Dante's grave under protection

In the "Divine Comedy" the prophet Mohammed burns as a schismatic in hell. His grave is considered a possible target for terrorist attacks.

The Italian police are taking special security precautions for the grave of the national poet Dante Alighieri in Ravenna. The reason: In his masterpiece "The Divine Comedy" (La Divina Commedia), the most famous Italian poet banished the prophet Mohammed to hell as a schismatic.

In Dante's masterpiece, Mohammed is in the ninth circle of hell and, like other founders of conflict, walks in a torn figure, his body is torn to shreds by devils and is constantly being recreated. Passages from the "Divine Comedy" are considered particularly hostile to Islam.

The grave is closely monitored - as is St. Mark's Basilica

After the attack on the Italian consulate in Cairo, it was decided to keep Dante's grave in Ravenna under strict surveillance for fear of fundamentalist attacks.

According to the Italian police, the possible targets of terrorist attacks include the St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the Basilica of St. Petronius in Bologna and the Vatican.

With his epic verse "The Divine Comedy", Dante (1265 - 1321) created a three-dimensional image of heaven, hell and purgatory, combining the historical, scientific and philosophical knowledge of his time. May marked the 750th anniversary of Dante's birthday. The poet who formed the Italian national language was celebrated especially in his native city of Florence.

(APA / dpa)