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North American perceptions of Islam in the 18th century (freed from European influences)
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We should frankly state the obvious at the outset of this essay, namely, that for most of the 18th century it was nearly impossible to separate North American perceptions of Islam from European influences. Excepting the indigenous populations, North America was essentially a continent of Europeans not more than one generation removed from the streets of London and Leiden. Even families who had resided in the New World for a century or more still maintained strong European allegiances. They were, after all, still …

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Leo, R.A., “North American perceptions of Islam in the 18th century (freed from European influences)”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2451-9537_cmrii_COM_32471>



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