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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (31 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521048974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521048972
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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'The origins of both British attitudes to Islam are charted in Nabil Matar's brilliant and gripping study, an astonishing compendium of groundbreaking research whose very title is a measure of quite how original and surprising this book is … but it is also warmly and wittily written and, unusually for a heavyweight academic book, enormously readable and accessible. It is certainly the most surprising book I have read for many months. William Dalrymple, The Sunday Times

' … a treasure trove of a book … this will appeal not only to scholars, but also to those who like their history to consist primarily of facts and evidence, and only secondarily of theories.' Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph

'I recommend you beg, borrow or steal a copy of this book, not just for yourself to read, but to send to anyone whose anti-Turkish prejudices overcome their intelligence.' David Carter, Cyprus Today

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This book examines the impact of Islam on early modern Britain. Christian-Muslim interaction was not, as is often assumed, primarily adversarial; rather, there was extensive cultural, intellectual and missionary engagement with Islam, which can be seen in London coffee houses, among converts to and from Islam, in sermons and in plays.

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Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best books I have read over the years. Prof. Matar produced not only a scholarly book but also an enjoyable reading, turning historical and literary narratives and details into a masterpeice.
Prof. Matar is well-versed with all kinds of literary discourses expressing popular images of Turks and Islam among public in the 16th and 17th centuries. This book fills a huge gap in the oriental studies taking readers back to a date when there was no colonialism. Unlike E. Said, Prof. Matar shows that the image Islam and especially Turks as "others" and construction of public imagination of remote cultures have not been always hostile.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in the construction of national and religious imagery in history.
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I enjoyed to no end reading this well researched and resourced book. I learnt a lot about this period. Highly recommeded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reply to difficulty with price 10 Feb. 2011
By Humanista - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I would just like to reply to the unfortunate review that precedes mine, which takes issue with the pricing of this book. Matar is among the leading scholars of the Mediterranean Renaissance world in English and Arabic literatures, and this book is the work of his fine research. Your library can afford this book, and you can, too. His chapters, "Turning Turk" and "Baptising the Turk" in particular, are masterful studies of two sides of a valuable coin, and his prose is lovely. You can't afford NOT to buy this book if you are aware of the state of early modern literary studies today.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Who can afford it? 3 Jan. 2008
By Tinuviel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
However good this book is it's not worth $43. The publisher should be ashamed for keeping this valuable informative work out of students' hands.
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