The Enlightenment Qur'an: The Politics of Translation and by Ziad Elmarsafy

By Ziad Elmarsafy

Iconoclastic and fiercely rational, the ecu Enlightenment witnessed the delivery of contemporary Western society and concept. cause used to be sacrosanct and for the 1st time, spiritual trust and associations have been open to common feedback. during this groundbreaking publication, Ziad Elmarsafy demanding situations this authorised knowledge to argue that faith was once nonetheless highly influential within the period. however the faith in query wasn’t Christianity – it was once Islam. Charting the heritage of Qur’anic translations in Europe throughout the 18th and early nineteenth Centuries, Elmarsafy exhibits variety of key enlightenment figures – together with Voltaire, Rousseau, Goethe, and Napoleon – drew either thought and concepts from the Qur’an. Controversially putting Islam on the middle of the eu Enlightenment, this lucid and good argued paintings is a worthy window into the interplay of East and West in this pivotal epoch in human historical past. Ziad Elmarsafy is Senior Lecturer within the division of English and similar Literature on the collage of York, UK.

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