Early Modern England and Islamic Worlds

Hardcover | July 15, 2011

EditorLinda McJannet, Bernadette Andrea

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Engaging with current debates about the “clash of civilizations,” this book offers a novel challenge to the notion of a monolithic Islam in opposition to a monolithic West. The essays in this book analyze a range of genres—travel narrative, canonical and non-canonical drama, and prose romance—to consider geographical areas beyond the Ottoman Empire, including Mughal India, Safavid Persia, and the Muslim regions of Southeast and Central Asia. This collection deepens our post-Saidian understanding of the complexity of real and imagined “traffic” between England and the “Islamic worlds” it encountered and constructed. 

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Engaging with current debates about the “clash of civilizations,” this book offers a novel challenge to the notion of a monolithic Islam in opposition to a monolithic West. The essays in this book analyze a range of genres—travel narrative, canonical and non-canonical drama, and prose romance—to consider geographical areas beyond the O...

Bernadette Andrea is Professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is the author of Women and Islam in Early Modern English Literature and English Women Staging Islam, 1696–1707. Linda McJannet is Professor of English and Media Studies at Bentley University. She is the author of The Voice of Elizabethan Stage Dir...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.64 × 5.78 × 0.88 inPublished:July 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023011542X

ISBN - 13:9780230115422

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Introduction: Islamic Worlds in Early Modern English Literature--Bernadette Andrea and Linda McJannet * From Maurice to Mohammad: Othello, Islam, and Baptism--Andrew Moran * Islam, Race, and Political Legitimacy in Ralegh’s The Life and Death of Mahomet--Dennis Austin Britton * Persian Icons, Shi‘a Imams: Liminal Figures and Hybrid Persian Identities on the English Stage--Javad Ghatta * The Tartar King’s Masque and Performances of Imperial Desire in Mary Wroth’s The Countess of Montgomery’s Urania--Bernadette Andrea * Mariam Khan and the Legacy of Mughal Women in Early Modern Literature of India--Bindu Malieckal * ‘by my owne experience or the Most probablest Relation off others’: Peter Mundy’s Manuscript Account of Constantinople (1617–20)--Philip Palmer * Guy of Warwick, Godfrey of Bouillon, and Elizabethan Repertory--Annaliese Connolly * ‘Now will I be a Turke’: Performing Ottoman Identity in Thomas Goffe’s The Courageous Turk--Joel Elliot Slotkin * The Frontiers of Twelfth Night--Su Fang Ng * ‘A Turk’s mustachio’: Anglo-Islamic Traffic and Exotic London in Ben Jonson’s Every Man out of his Humour and Entertainment at Britain’s Burse--Justin Kolb * ‘Oranges and lemons say the bells of St. Clement’s’: Domesticating Eastern Commodities in London Comedies--Linda McJannet

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"There is a wide range of topics and interpretations presented by the essays in this book. Anyone with an interest in Islam's images in early modern society will almost certainly find useful insights and unexpected new details and facts." - Sixteenth Century Journal