By Matthew Birchwood
`This stimulating e-book might be welcomed by way of historians, literary students, and someone drawn to the heritage of the English fascination with Islam and the cultural exoticism linked to the East.' PROFESSOR GERALD MACLEAN Transmitted through the mechanisms of exchange and international relations and mirrored via degree and press, England's cultural encounters with Islam - its peoples, its background, its territories - have been primary to the ways that the kingdom developed itself via all of the tribulations of the 17th century; a preoccupation with Islam permeated spiritual, political, diplomatic and advertisement discourses to a point that has no longer been known through common debts of the interval. This ebook lines engagement with Islam in English political and dramatic lifestyles from the inauguration of the lengthy Parliament till the demise of Charles II. It explores the reception and illustration of Islam in quite a lot of English writings of the interval, using shut textual and ancient study to track the improvement of the 'Turk' from the archetype of cruelty and treachery to the complicated and infrequently contradictory determine of mid-century discourse. all through, it argues that Islam supplied a repository of meanings ripe for transposition to progressive and recovery England, a procedure that transfigured the 'East' during the lens of English politics and vice-versa.
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