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Author Dimmock, Matthew

Title Mythologies of the Prophet Muhammad in early modern English culture / Matthew Dimmock
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013
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Contents Introduction: fabricating Mahomet -- 1. 'Well Rehearsed' in 'Books Old': Early Print and the Life of Mahomet -- 2. 'Most Like to Mahomet': Religious History and Reformation Mutability -- 3. Old Mahomet's Head: Idols, Papists and Mortus Ali on the English Stage -- 4. Bunyan's Dilemma: Seventeenth-Century Imposture, Liberty and True Mahomets -- Conclusion: Mahomet discovered
Summary "The figure of 'Mahomet' was widely known in early modern England. A grotesque version of the Prophet Muhammad, Mahomet was a product of vilification, caricature and misinformation placed at the centre of Christian conceptions of Islam. In Mythologies of the Prophet Muhammad in Early Modern English Culture Matthew Dimmock draws on an eclectic range of early modern sources - literary, historical, visual - to explore the nature and use of Mahomet in a period bounded by the beginnings of print and the early Enlightenment. This fabricated figure and his spurious biography were endlessly recycled, but also challenged and vindicated, and the tales the English told about him offer new perspectives on their sense of the world - its geographies and religions, near and far - and their place within it. This book explores the role played by Mahomet in the making of Englishness, and reflects on what this might reveal about England's present circumstances"-- Provided by publisher
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject MuḼammad, Prophet, -632 -- In literature
MuḼammad, Prophet, -632.
English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism
Islam in literature
Christianity and other religions -- Islam -- History
Islam -- Relations -- Christianity -- History
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Civilization -- Islamic influences.
English literature -- Early modern.
Interfaith relations.
Islam in literature.
Europe -- Civilization -- Islamic influences
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012042699
ISBN 9781107333505 (e-book)
9781107336827 (electronic bk.)
1107336821 (electronic bk.)
9781139507530 (electronic bk.)
1139507532 (electronic bk.)