The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment

The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment

by Alexander Bevilacqua


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Alexander Bevilacqua shows that the Enlightenment effort to learn about Islam and its religious and intellectual traditions issued not from a secular agenda but from the scholarly commitments of a pioneering group of Catholic and Protestant Christians who cast aside inherited views and bequeathed a new understanding of Islam to the modern West.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674975927
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 02/23/2018
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 345,313
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Alexander Bevilacqua is Assistant Professor of History at Williams College.

Table of Contents

Note on Terminology, Names, Transliteration, and Dates ix

List of Protagonists xiii

List of Frequently Discussed Arabic and Islamic Authors xv

Introduction 1

1 The Oriental Library 17

2 The Quran in Translation 44

3 A New View of Islam 75

4 D'Herbelot's Oriental Garden 108

5 Islam in History 136

6 Islam and the Enlightenment 167

Epilogue 200

Abbreviations 205

Notes 207

Selected Bibliography 303

Acknowledgments 329

Index 333

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