Religions of the Book: Co-Existence and Conflict, 1400-1660 [NOOK Book]

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The Religions of the Book explores Christian perceptions of the complex relationships between the 'religions of the book'-Christianity. Islam and Judaism - from 1400 to 1660. This period defines the rise of the Islamic Ottoman and the Catholic Spanish Empires, each with rhetorical - if not actual - claims to global dominance, and the apocalyptic conflict between them. It is also a period in which Christianity and Islam were riven by schism, profoundly complicating nations of just and holy war. Similarly, the ...

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Religions of the Book: Co-Existence and Conflict, 1400-1660

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Overview

The Religions of the Book explores Christian perceptions of the complex relationships between the 'religions of the book'-Christianity. Islam and Judaism - from 1400 to 1660. This period defines the rise of the Islamic Ottoman and the Catholic Spanish Empires, each with rhetorical - if not actual - claims to global dominance, and the apocalyptic conflict between them. It is also a period in which Christianity and Islam were riven by schism, profoundly complicating nations of just and holy war. Similarly, the connections between Christianity and judaism were subject to continual debate and a wide range of responses. These expansive and interdisciplinary essays question how Christianity was understood in relation to others 'of the book', the comprehension of common religious narratives and geography and the nature of their conflict and coexistence. This collection demonstrates how the interaction of these three religions is crucial for an understanding of the period 1400-1660.

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"[A] welcome collection of essays on a diverse range of subjects. The editors are to be congratulated for bringing them all together in this thought provoking publication." —Nancy Bisaha, Vassar College
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MATTHEW DIMMOCK is Lecturer in English at the University of Sussex, UK

ANDREW HADFIELD is Professor of English at the University of Sussex, UK

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Introduction The Devil Citing Scripture: Christian Perceptions of the Religions of the Book Matthew Dimmock Dimmock, Matthew Andrew Hadfield Hadfield, Andrew 1

1 Christian Anti-Semitism and Intermedial Experience in Late Medieval England Anthony Bale Bale, Anthony 23

2 The Crusade of Varna, 1443-1445: What Motivated the Crusaders? Colin Imber Imber, Colin 45

3 'A Human Head to the Neck of a Horse': Hybridity, Monstrosity and Early Christian Conceptions of Muhammad and Islam Matthew Dimmock Dimmock, Matthew 66

4 'Vile Interpretations' and 'Devilish Supplements': Jewish Exegesis and Linguistic Siege in Martin Luther's 'On the Jews and Their Lies' (1543) Raphael Hallett Hallett, Raphael 89

5 "Turks" and "Christians": The Iconography of Possession in the Depiction of the Ottoman-Venetian-Hapsburg Frontiers, 1550-1689 Palmira Brummett Brummett, Palmira 110

6 Confounding Babel: The Language of Religion in the English Revolution Matthew Birchwood Birchwood, Matthew 140

7 'A Parallel Made with the Jewish Sanhedrin': Tolerating Jews and Jewish Precedents in the Early Modern Church and State Eliane Glaser Glaser, Eliane 159

8 Milton among the Muslims Gerald MacLean MacLean, Gerald 180

Afterword Jerry Brotton Brotton, Jerry 195

Select Bibliography 203

Index 207

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