Mythologies of the prophet Muhammad in early modern English culture [electronic resource] / Matthew Dimmock.
- Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
1 online resource (304 p.)
- Muḥammad, Prophet, -632 -- In literature.
English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Islam in literature.
Christianity and other religions -- Islam -- History.
Islam -- Relations -- Christianity -- History.
Europe -- Civilization -- Islamic influences.
- Electronic books.
- "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.
- Machine generated contents note: Preface; Acknowledgements; List of illustrations; Introduction: fabricating Mahomet; Part I. 'Well Rehearsed' in 'Books Old': Early Print and the Life of Mahomet: 1. From Polychronicon to The Golden Legend (and back); 2. The Fall of Princes; 3. Sir John Mandeville and the Travels; 4. Mahomet and the exclusive polemic; Part II. Most Like to Mahomet: Religious History and Reformation Mutability: 5. Preaching equivalence; 6. Painted words: Mahomet in the late sixteenth-century histories; Part III. Old Mahomet's Head: Idols, Papists and Mortus Ali on the English Stage: 7. Romance and idolatry; 8. Islamic idols and stage Mahomets; 9. Mahomet, Mortus Ally and the Pope; Part IV. Bunyan's Dilemma: Seventeenth-Century Imposture, Liberty and True Mahomets; 10. The fables and the fabler; 11. Imposturae; 12. A stupendous revolution; Conclusion: Mahomet discovered; Bibliography; Index.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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