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

Kobo ebook | December 17, 2013

byNabil Matar

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Henry Stubbe (1632--1676) was a revolutionary English scholar who understood Islam as a monotheistic revelation in continuity with Judaism and Christianity. His major work, An Account of the Rise and Progress of Mahometanism, was the first English text to positively document the Prophet Muhammad's life, 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-Western relations, standardizes Stubbe's text and situates it within England's theological climate. He shows how, to draw a positive portrait of Muhammad, Stubbe embraced travelogues, early church histories, Arabic chronicles, Latin commentaries, and studies on Jewish customs and scriptures, produced in the language of Islam and in the midstof the Islamic polity.

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Henry Stubbe (1632--1676) was a revolutionary English scholar who understood Islam as a monotheistic revelation in continuity with Judaism and Christianity. His major work, An Account of the Rise and Progress of Mahometanism, was the first English text to positively document the Prophet Muhammad's life, celebrate the Qur'an as a divine...

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...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 17, 2013Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231527365

ISBN - 13:9780231527361

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Table of Contents

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

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