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The Qur’an in English writings, 1543-1697
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The Qur’an in English writings, 1543-1697


‘The Renaissance inherited a confused and contradictory mass of grotesque notions concerning the Founder of Islam, and so long-lived are prejudices that, even when the scholarly and the curious had rendered accessible sources of information that at least approximated to the truth, these notions persisted almost unchallenged, were indeed fortified by new prejudices against the Ottoman conquerors of the Levant’ (Samuel C. Chew, The crescent and the rose, New York, 1937, p. 387).

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Matar, Nabil, “The Qur’an in English writings, 1543-1697”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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