Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900

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Guillaume Postel
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Modern scholars have described Guillaume Postel as odd, curious, or even insane, and also as the father of comparative philology and the first Orientalist. His contemporaries regarded him as a linguist, mathematician and mystic, while he considered himself a prophet. Postel rose from humble beginnings to obtain academic posts of the highest order, only to fall from favo…

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Isom-Verhaaren, Christine, “Guillaume Postel”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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