- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,360,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Islam in Britain, 1558-1685 Paperback – 31 Jan 2008
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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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.