Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900

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 Il principe
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Il principeDe principatibus

‘The prince’, 'On principalities'

Niccolò Machiavelli

Date: About 1513

Original Language: Italian


Muslim rulers are mentioned in only two chapters of Machiavelli’s Prince, chs 4 and 19. In ch. 4 the Turkish emperor’s state is presented as an example of a strong government ruled by one master and with devoted subjects, who are ‘like slaves and have obligations to the leader’, and therefore cannot be easily corru…

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Zancani, Diego, “ Il principe”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 08 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2015

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