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 The early seventeenth-century English ‘Turk play’
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The early 17th-century English ‘Turk play’

Date: 1600 - about 1650

Original Language: English


Any attempt to encompass the convolutions and expanding horizons of the early 17th-century English ‘Turk play’ should begin with a consideration of its precursors. The ‘Turk play’ phenomenon (although a relatively recent critical coinage) began with Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine the Great (1587), the immediate popularity of which generated the rapid production of a seq…

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Dimmock, Matthew, “ The early seventeenth-century English ‘Turk play’”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 05 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2015

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