What does Saracens mean? In the early Roman world, there had been references to Saracens (Greek: Sarakenoi) by late classical authors in the first three centuries AD, the term Saracens was applied to tribes living in the northern Sinai Peninsula. Ancient Roman word SARACIEN – meaning wheat corn referring to (due to the brown texture of the people) ‘easterners’ living in the deserts from the Sinai Peninsula going north towards Mesopotamia, in what is Modern day Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon,Turkey, Syria and Iraq known as the famous ‘fertile crescent’.
The people native to these lands became known as the SARACENS and were famous for their skills as philosophers, intellects and brave warriors who travelled well with a reputation of being fiercely territorial yet very receptive and hospitable.
We at Saracens Cafe Ltd are not the only ones who draw inspiration from the original Saracens of the Fertile Crescent. The world famous Saracens Rugby Football Club was founded in 1876, the club’s name is said to come from the “endurance, enthusiasm and perceived invincibility of Salahuddin’s desert warriors of the 12th century”.