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The Enlightenment Qur'an : the politics of translation and the construction of Islam

Author: Ziad Elmarsafy
Publisher: Oxford : Oneworld Pub., 2009.
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"Iconoclastic and fiercely rational, the European Enlightenment witnessed the birth of modern Western society and thought. Reason was sacrosanct and for the first time, religious belief and institutions were open to widespread criticism. In this ground-breaking book, Ziad Elmarsafy challenges this accepted wisdom to argue that religion was still hugely influential in the era. But the religion in question wasn't  Read more...
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Elmarsafy, Ziad.
Enlightenment Qur'an.
Oxford : Oneworld pub., 2009
(OCoLC)642433569
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ziad Elmarsafy
ISBN: 9781851686957 1851686959 9781851686520 1851686525
OCLC Number: 271081105
Description: xiv, 269 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Translators and translations of the Qur'an --
Sale, Marracci, and the representation of Islam --
Translating Christ and Christianity --
Voltaire : Muhammad and Moses, opposition and identification --
Rousseau and the language of the legislator --
Savary, Napoleon, and Egypt : visions of prophecy and conquest --
Goethe : poetry and prophecy, from Mahomet to world literature.
Responsibility: Ziad Elmarsafy.

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Iconoclastic and fiercely rational, the European Enlightenment witnessed the birth of modern Western society and thought. Charting the history of Qur'anic translations in Europe during the 18th and  Read more...

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"This is an important work for students of the Qur'an in the non-Muslim world." "an intelligent book, superbly precise and both meticulously and generously documented" Muslim World Book Review

 
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