Islam and the English enlightenment, 1670-1840 /
Humberto Garcia.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.
xviii, 346 p. : ill.
1421403536 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9781421403533 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.
1421403536 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781421403533 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Introduction: rethinking Islam in the eighteenth century -- "A true protestant Mahometan": Henry Stubbe, Ottoman Hungary, and the siege of Vienna -- Letters from a female deist: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Muslim women, and freethinking feminism -- In defense of the ancient Mughal constitution: Edmund Burke, India and the Warren Hastings trial -- Ali Bonaparte in hermetic Egypt: the colonial politics of Walter Savage Landor's Gebir -- The flight and return of Mohammed: plotting Samuel Taylor Coleridge's and Robert Southey's unitarian epic -- A last woman's eschatology: the avenging Turks in Mary Shelley's The last man -- Epilogue: postcolonial reflections -- Appendix A: Outline of "Mohammed" -- Appendix B: Southey's sketch of "Mohammed".
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [297]-333) and index.
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Garcia's book gives valuable new insight and opens up a fascinating new direction into an already heavily mined field.
In this important and fascinating new book, Humberto Garcia makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the ways that English author conceptualized Islam in the long eighteenth century.
A tour de force in substance and argument, Humberto Garcia's signal study uncovers a surprisingly coeval narrative with Enlightenment ideals and demonstrates in painstaking detail the multifarious receptions and assimilations of Islam into English constitutional and nationalist discourse. This book will make an impressive difference to the field of post-colonial inquiry.
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Main Description
A corrective addendum to Edward Said's Orientalism , this book examines how sympathetic representations of Islam contributed significantly to Protestant Britain's national and imperial identity in the eighteenth century. Taking a historical view, Humberto Garcia combines a rereading of eighteenth-century and Romantic-era British literature with original research on Anglo-Islamic relations. He finds that far from being considered foreign by the era's thinkers, Islamic republicanism played a defining role in Radical Enlightenment debates, most significantly during the Glorious Revolution, French Revolution, and other moments of acute constitutional crisis, as well as in national and political debates about England and its overseas empire. Garcia shows that writers such as Edmund Burke, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey, and Percy and Mary Shelley not only were influenced by international events in the Muslim world but also saw in that world and its history a viable path to interrogate, contest, and redefine British concepts of liberty. This deft exploration of the forgotten moment in early modern history when intercultural exchange between the Muslim world and Christian West was common resituates English literary and intellectual history in the wider context of the global eighteenth century. The direct challenge it poses to the idea of an exclusionary Judeo-Christian Enlightenment serves as an important revision to post-9/11 narratives about a historical clash between Western democratic values and Islam.
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introduction: Rethinking Islam in the Eighteenth Centuryp. 1
A True Protestant Mahometan: Henry Stubbe, Ottoman Hungary, and the Siege of Viennap. 30
Letters from a Female Deist: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Muslim Women, and Freefhinking Feminismp. 60
In Defense of the Ancient Mughal Constitution: Edmund Burke, India, and the Warren Hastings Trialp. 93
Ah Bonaparte in Hermetic Egypt: The Colonial Politics of Walter Savage Landor's Gebirp. 126
The Flight and Return of Mohammed: Plotting Samuel Taylor Coleridge's and Robert Southey's Unitarian Epicp. 157
A Last Woman's Eschatology: The Avenging Turks in Mary Shelley's The Last Manp. 189
Epilogue: Postcolonial Reflectionsp. 223
Outline of "Mohammed"p. 233
Southey's Sketch of "Mohammed"p. 235
Notesp. 237
Works Citedp. 297
Indexp. 335
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