Enlightenment Qur'an: The Politics of Translation and the Construction of Islam

Enlightenment Qur'an: The Politics of Translation and the Construction of Islam

by Ziad Elmarsafy
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1851686525

ISBN-13: 9781851686520

Pub. Date: 05/16/2009

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

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 groundbreaking book, Ziad Elmarsafy challenges this accepted wisdom to argue that religion was still hugely influential in

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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 groundbreaking 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 Christianity – it was Islam. Charting the history of Qur’anic translations in Europe during the 18th and early 19th Centuries, Elmarsafy shows that a number of key enlightenment figures – including Voltaire, Rousseau, Goethe, and Napoleon – drew both inspiration and ideas from the Qur’an. Controversially placing Islam at the heart of the European Enlightenment, this lucid and well argued work is a valuable window into the interaction of East and West during this pivotal epoch in human history. Ziad Elmarsafy is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York, UK.

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ISBN-13:
9781851686520
Publisher:
Oneworld Publications
Publication date:
05/16/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Translators and Translations of the Qur' &abar;n 1

2 Sale, Marracci, and the Representation of Islam 37

3 Translating Christ and Christianity 64

4 Voltaire: Muhammad and Moses, Opposition and Identification 81

5 Rousseau and the Language of the Legislator 121

6 Savary, Napoleon, and Egypt: Visions of Prophecy and Conquest 143

7 Goethe: Poetry and Prophecy, from Mahomet to World Literature 158

Afterword 180

Endnotes 194

Bibliography 233

Index 259

Index of Qur' &abar;nic Verses 268

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