Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900

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General Editors: David Thomas and John Chesworth
Associate Editors: John Azumah, Clinton Bennett, Lejla Demiri, Martha Frederiks, Stanisław Grodź, Andrew Newman, Douglas Pratt

Christian-Muslim Relations, a Bibliographical History Online is a general history of relations between the two faiths as this is represented in works written by Christians and Muslims about the other and against the other. It covers all parts of the world in the period 1500-1914. Christian-Muslim Relations, a Bibliographical History Online comprises thousands of comprehensive entries on individual works and their authors, together with introductory essays to the periods and areas covered, making it the fullest available source in this field.


Wojciech Miaskowski

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Author(s): Grodź, Stanisław
Biography Wojciech Miaskowski was born into a family of middle-class gentry. Due to the mistakes of copyists and the 19th-century editors of his work, his family name also appears spelt as ‘Miastkowski’ or ‘Miastowski’. Not much is known about his early life apart from the fact that he finished his education in Poznań in 1602. He fough…

Wojciech Wijuk Kojałowicz

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Author(s): Grodź, Stanisław
Adalbert Wijuk Kojałowicz, Albertas Vijūkas-Kojalavičius Date of Birth: 1609 Place of Birth: Kaunas (present-day Lithuania) Date of Death: 6 October 1677 Place of Death: Warsaw Biography Wojciech Wijuk Kojałowicz was born into a family of gentry whose wealth was slowly declining. He joined the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in Vilnius in 1627. After initial philosophical studies in Nieśwież (162…

Wollebrant Geleynssen de Jongh

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Author(s): Siebertz, Roman
BiographyPresumably descended from a middle-class family, and orphaned as a teenager, Geleynssen de Jongh entered the service of the VOC at the age of 16 by procurement of his legal guardian. During the following four decades, he would pursue a professional career in the VOC’s various settlements in Asia. Beginning his career as an assistant on the island of Banda (Moluccas), where he spent seven years (1611-18), he was promoted to the rank of merchant and served in this capacity at the company’…

 Wonderbaarlijke en Merkwaardige Gevallen van een Twaalfjarige Slavernij

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Author(s): Speelman, Gé
‘Wondrous and remarkable matters of a 12-year slavery’ Maria ter Meetelen Date: 1748 Original Language: Dutch DescriptionIn her memoirs (the full title is Wonderbaarlijke en Merkwaardige Gevallen Van Een Twaalfjarige Slavernij, Van een Vrouspersoon. Genaemt Maria ter Meetelen, Woonachtig Tot Medemblik. Tot Hoorn Gedrukt, by de Wed: Jacob Duyn, Boek-drukster en Verkoopster op het Oude Noort, by de Niewe-steeg, ‘Wondrous and remarkable matters related to twelve years of slavery of a female person, named Maria ter Meetelen, resident of Medemblik. Printed …


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Author(s): Belloni, Benedetta
- Lope Félix de Vega Carpio Date: 1579-1613 Original Language: Spanish Description Lope de Vega Carpio is considered the founder of Spanish drama. His work is often infused with a powerful ideology that may suggest political, historical and religious aspects were his greatest concerns in his plays, though in reality he was mostly concerned to entertain; as he puts it in  Arte Nuevo de hacer comedias en este tiempo, ‘Porque, como los paga el vulgo, es justo/ hablarle en necio para darle gusto’ (‘As the crowd pays for the comedies, it is fair to talk foolishly to them to satisfy their taste’). In …


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Author(s): Leo, R.A.
- Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb Date: c. 1740 - c. 1790 Original Language: Arabic DescriptionIn what might seem a curious omission, given his reputation for polemics, Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb never composed a work that focused on Christianity alone. This is most probably due to the fact that, unlike some of his predecessors such as Ibn Taymiyya, Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb lived in a much more geographically and demographically isolated context. In short, contemporary expressions of Christianity were nearly irrelevan…


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Author(s): Leo, R.A.
- Jonathan Edwards Date: - Original Language: English DescriptionNone of Jonathan Edwards’ writings focused directly on Islam, but Islam figures prominently in several of his works, and is referred to in many others. If we count his various usages of terms that directly concern Islam, Muslims and Muḥammad, as well as variant spellings, Edwards mentions Islamic matters nearly 300 times. One may very well ponder what it was about Islam that caught the attention of a New England Puritan who, as far as is k…

Wouter Schouten

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Author(s): van Liere, Lucien
Date of Birth: 2 September 1638 Place of Birth: Haarlem, Dutch Republic Date of Death: October 1704 Place of Death: Haarlem BiographyWouter Schouten was born into a wealthy family in Haarlem in 1638. He started to study medicine at the age of 14. On 16 April 1658, at the age of 19, he became an assistant surgeon for the Dutch Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC) on the Nieuwpoort, a ship heading for Batavia in the Dutch East Indies, where he arrived on October 15. After almost a year, he travelled to Japara on the north coast of Java and to the Molucca Isla…

 Writings of L.W.C. van den Berg

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Author(s): Steenbrink, Karel
- L.W.C. van den Berg Date: 1873-95 Original Language: Various languages Description De beginselen van het Mohammedaansche recht, volgens de imāms Aboe Hanīfat en asj-Sjāfe‘ī ‘Handbook of Muslim law according to the Ḥanafī and Shāfiʿī schools’ Published in 1874, this book was written in 1871-2 when the author was teaching Islamic law at the Gymnasium Willem III in Batavia (xv + 269 pages long). The only comparable work in European languages at the time was N. von Tornauw’s  Das moslemische Recht (Leipzig, 1855), though his book concentrates on Shīʿa law. Van den Berg’s boo…