Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900

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Anna Maria van Schurman
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Anna Maria van Schurman was the first female university student in Europe. She was born in Cologne in 1607, into a family with Calvinist sympathies who had been forced to leave Antwerp in 1568. When Anna Maria was three years old, the tolerant religious climate in Cologne began to change and the family was once again compelled to move, finally settling in Utrecht in about 1615.

When Utrecht University opened in 1636, thanks to her clo…

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van Beek, Pieta, “Anna Maria van Schurman”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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