Henry Stubbe and the Beginnings of Islam: The Originall & Progress of Mahometanism by Nabil Matar

Henry Stubbe and the Beginnings of Islam: The Originall & Progress of Mahometanism

byNabil Matar

Kobo ebook | December 24, 2013

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Henry Stubbe (1632–1676) was an extraordinary English scholar who challenged his contemporaries by writing about Islam as a monotheistic revelation in continuity with Judaism and Christianity. His major work, The Originall & Progress of Mahometanism, was the first English text to document the Prophet Muhammad's life positively, celebrate the Qur'an as a divine revelation, and praise the Muslim toleration of Christians, undermining a long legacy of European prejudice and hostility.

Nabil Matar, a leading scholar of Islamic-British relations, standardizes Stubbe's text and situates it within England's theological and intellectual climate in the seventeenth century. He shows how, to draw a historical portrait of Muhammad, Stubbe embraced travelogues, Latin commentaries, studies on Jewish customs and Scripture, and, most important, Arabic chronicles, many written by medieval Christian Arabs who had lived in the midst of the Islamic polity. No European writer before or for a long time after Stubbe produced anything similar to what he wrote about Muhammad the "great Prophet," Ali the "gallant" advocate, and the "standing miracle" of the Qur'an. Stubbe's book therefore makes a unique contribution to the study of the representation of Islam in Western thought.

Nabil Matar is Presidential Professor of English at the University of Minnesota. He is also a member of the History Department and the Religious Studies Program. He has written extensively on relations between Western Europe and the Islamic Mediterranean. His latest publications were with Gerald MacLean, Britain and the Islamic World...
Title:Henry Stubbe and the Beginnings of Islam: The Originall & Progress of MahometanismFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 24, 2013Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231527365

ISBN - 13:9780231527361


Table of Contents

Introduction: The "Copernican Revolution" of Henry Stubbe
The Printed and Manuscript Sources: Editorial Policy
The Originall & Progress of Mahometanism

Editorial Reviews

Matar here presents a very learned and documented work of significant revisionism.