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Translation of the Qur'an and the Early Modern Construction of Islam
Ziad Elmarsafy, New York University
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The Enlightenment Qur'an: The Politics of Translation and the Construction of Islam (Book) [show prizes]
Title: The Enlightenment Qur'an: The Politics of Translation and the Construction of Islam
Author: Ziad Elmarsafy
Abstract: 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.
Primary URL: http://www.oneworld-publications.com/cgi-bin/cart/commerce.cgi?pid=468&log_pid=yes
Primary URL Description: This is the link to the publisher's website. It also contains a downloadable chapter (probably more useful than an abstract)
Secondary URL: http://www.worldcat.org/title/enlightenment-quran-the-politics-of-translation-and-the-construction-of-islam/oclc/271081105?pgload=backtoitem
Secondary URL Description: This is the link to the Worldcat page
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Type: Single author monograph