Topicality and representation : Islam and Muslims in two Renaissance plays / by Hammood Khalid Obaid.

Obaid, Hammood Khalid.
Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.
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Islam and the performing arts.
Islamic drama.
Electronic books.
This book focuses on the importance of topical reading in understanding Islamic figures and themes, and applies this approach to two landmark Elizabethan plays: George Peele's Battle of Alcazar and William Percy's Mahomet and his Heaven. The former is the first English play to present a Moor as a major character, while the latter is the first English play to be based on Quranic material and feature the Prophet of Islam as a major character. In both plays, the book argues, topical concerns pla...
TABLE OF CONTENTS; LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS; PREFACE; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE; GENERAL INTRODUCTION; 1.1. Definitions; 1.2. Existing knowledge about Islam and Muslims; 1.3. Literature review; 1.4. Theoretical background; 1.5. The plays and their politico-religious background; CHAPTER ONE; 1. Introduction; 1.1. Previous critical approaches; 1.2. The missing link; 2. Peele's life and works; 2.1. Life; 2.2. Works; 3. The play; 3.1. The historical incident and Peele's version of it; 3.2. Politico-historical background; 3.3. Sources; 4. Alcazar as nationalistic propaganda
4.1. The state/religion dialectic 4.2. Self-definition; 4.3. Naturalizing and exoticizing; 4.4. Characters; 4.5. Character epithets; 5. Conclusion; CHAPTER TWO; 1. Introduction; 1.1. PreĢcis; 1.2. The play's Islamic content; 1.3. The Structure of the chapter; 2. The Percys and the crown; 2.1. The Eighth Earl; 2.2. Henry and William in France; 2.3. Father's death; 2.4. Back in England; 2.5. Northumberland and James VI; 2.6. William Percy; 3. Percy's other works; 3.1. The Aphrodysiall or Sea Feast, 1602; 3.2. The Faery Pastorall or the Forest of Elves, 1603; 3.3. Other plays
4. Geber and the wizard earl 4.1. Questioning the nickname; 4.2. Renaissance humanism and the hermetic tradition; 4.3. The Earl's circle; 4.4. Geber vs. Faustus; 4.5. William Percy's Geber; 5. Percy's Women; 5.1. Muslim women in English imagination; 5.2. Epimenide and Elizabeth; 5.3. Other women; 6. Schism and unity; 6.1. Muslim and Christian schism; 6.2. Calls for peace and unity; 6.3. James and Catholic Hopes; 6.4. Percy's allegory for peace and reconciliation; 7. Conclusion; GENERAL CONCLUSION; APPENDIX I; WORKS CITED
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