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Muhammad in Europe

Author: Minou Reeves; P J Stewart
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, 2003, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Generations of Western writers-from the Crusades to the present day-have written portraits claiming to depict the life and personality of Muhammad, the founder of Islam. Over the course of thirteen centuries, stubbornly biased and consistently negative representations have persisted, presenting images which bear no resemblance to the noble man familiar to Muslims. Muhammad in Europe traces this consistent tradition  Read more...
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Named Person: Muḥammad, Prophet; Muḥammad, Prophet
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Minou Reeves; P J Stewart
ISBN: 0814775640 9780814775646
OCLC Number: 54937124
Description: xii, 307 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Muhammad the Prophet of Mecca --
Muhammad's rule in Medina: the making of Islam --
Muhammad's quest for spirituality --
Muhammad as Mahound: Medieval Europe and the fear of Islam --
The Turkish threat: Muhammad in the Europe of the Renaissance --
Muhammad as an anti-Christ: the fate of Muhammad and Islam in the Reformation --
Humanist or fanatic? the Enlightenment divided --
Hero or imposter? Muhammad in the age of hero worship --
Fantasies of sensuality and cruelty: Muhammad and Islam in nineteenth-century European imagination --
The return of the Crusades and Jihads: Islam at the end of the Ottoman Empire --
From reverence to travesty: Muhammad in the twentieth century.
Responsibility: Minou Reeves ; with a biographical contribution by P.J. Stewart.

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Generations of Western writers-from the Crusades to the present day-have written portraits claiming to depict the life and personality of Muhammad, the founder of Islam. Over the course of thirteen centuries, stubbornly biased and consistently negative representations have persisted, presenting images which bear no resemblance to the noble man familiar to Muslims. Muhammad in Europe traces this consistent tradition of distortion and provides an account of the reasons behind it. Drawing on works dating from the Middle Ages to the last decade of the twentieth century and spanning Latin, Italian, French, German, and English language sources, the book culminates with a critical analysis of Salman Rushdie's controversial novel, 'The Satanic Verses'.

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