View your list of saved words. (You can log in using Facebook.)
In the Middle Ages, any personArab, Turk, or otherwho professed the religion of Islam. The name spread into western Europe through the Byzantines and the Crusaders. It was also applied to nomadic people of the deserts between Syria and Arabia.
This entry comes from Encyclopædia Britannica Concise. For the full entry on Saracen, visit Britannica.com.