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The Resource The republic of Arabic letters : Islam and the European Enlightenment, Alexander Bevilacqua

The republic of Arabic letters : Islam and the European Enlightenment, Alexander Bevilacqua

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The republic of Arabic letters : Islam and the European Enlightenment
Title
The republic of Arabic letters
Title remainder
Islam and the European Enlightenment
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Alexander Bevilacqua
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The foundations of the modern Western understanding of Islamic civilization were laid in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Well after the Crusades but before modern colonialism, Europeans first accurately translated the Qur'an into a European language, mapped the branches of the Islamic arts and sciences, and wrote the history of Muslim societies using Arabic sources. The Republic of Arabic Letters provides the first panoramic treatment of this transformation. Relying on a variety of unpublished sources in six languages, it recounts how Christian scholars first came to a clear-eyed view of Islam. Its protagonists are Europeans who learned Arabic and used their linguistic skills to translate and interpret Islamic civilization. Christians both Catholic and Protestant, and not the secular thinkers of the Enlightenment, established this new knowledge, which swept away religious prejudice and cast aside a medieval tradition of polemical falsehoods. Beginning with the collection of Islamic manuscripts in the Near East and beyond, the book moves from Rome, Paris and Oxford to Cambridge, London and Leiden in order to reconstruct the most important breakthroughs in this scholarly movement. By identifying the individual manuscripts used, The Republic of Arabic Letters reveals how the translators, willing to be taught by Islamic traditions, imported contemporary Muslim interpretations and judgments into the European body of knowledge about Islam. Eventually, their books reached readers like Voltaire and Edward Gibbon, who assimilated not just their factual content but their interpretations, weaving them into the fabric of Enlightenment thought.--
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1984-
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Bevilacqua, Alexander
Dewey number
940.253
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Islamic civilization
  • Enlightenment
  • Christian scholars
  • Europe
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The republic of Arabic letters : Islam and the European Enlightenment, Alexander Bevilacqua
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-327) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Oriental library -- The Qur'an in translation -- A new view of Islam -- D'Herbelot's Oriental garden -- Islam in history -- Islam and the enlightenment
Control code
on1000526856
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 340 pages, 24 nunumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780674975927
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), color maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1000526856
Label
The republic of Arabic letters : Islam and the European Enlightenment, Alexander Bevilacqua
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-327) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Oriental library -- The Qur'an in translation -- A new view of Islam -- D'Herbelot's Oriental garden -- Islam in history -- Islam and the enlightenment
Control code
on1000526856
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 340 pages, 24 nunumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780674975927
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), color maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1000526856

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