By Matthew Dimmock
The determine of 'Mahomet' was once widely recognized in early sleek England. A gruesome model of the Prophet Muhammad, Mahomet was once a made of vilification, cartoon and incorrect information put on the centre of Christian conceptions of Islam. In Mythologies of the Prophet Muhammad in Early glossy English Literature Matthew Dimmock attracts on an eclectic diversity of early glossy resources - literary, ancient, visible - to discover the character and use of Mahomet in a interval bounded by means of the beginnings of print and the early Enlightenment. This fabricated determine and his spurious biography have been without end recycled, but in addition challenged and vindicated, and the stories the English informed approximately him supply new views on their feel of the realm - its geographies and religions, close to and much - and their position inside of it. This publication explores the position performed through Mahomet within the making of Englishness, and displays on what this may demonstrate approximately England's current conditions.
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It had been translated into English by John of Trevisa in 1385, and long before Caxton’s print version of this translation, Higden’s history had proven popular in both monastic and secular circles. 14 By moving across the three continents to Paradise in his celebrated initial description of the world, Higden unites geography and a vision of the ‘universal world’ in an ecclesiastical history that drew upon a model established by Eusebius. In this scheme, both the settlement of the earth by Noah and his sons and God’s dispersal of mankind in punishment for human folly in constructing the Tower of Babel were important reference points.
Sometimes with only a fractional readjustment, sometimes as an entire rethinking, Mahomet nonetheless remains central to English conceptions of Islam and to defining an English identity, particularly because his status as both secular and supreme religious Fabricating Mahomet 19 leader offered apposite satirical parallels with post-Reformation English monarchs. The England that emerges from the Enlightenment is thus an England shaped by this process – it would not exist in the same form without these Mahometan engagements.
37 The early end of the 1450–1750 period falls into the grey area between medieval and early modern and illustrates their stark difference. Medieval attitudes to Islam and the Prophet Muhammad have generated an extraordinarily rich critical literature. 38 On perceptions of Islam by medieval Christians the exemplary work of Norman Daniel, particularly in Islam and the West: the Making of an Image (1960) has rarely been superseded, but has been augmented by important contributions from Suzanne Conklin Akbari, Robert Hoyland, Dorothee Metlitzki, John Moorhead, Stefano Mula, Michael Paull, R.
Mythologies of the Prophet Muhammad in Early Modern English Culture by Matthew Dimmock