Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900

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 Turk ballads
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Turk ballads

Date: 1600s

Original Language: English


Throughout the 17th century, Muslims made frequent appearances in popular English broadside ballads. Of the ballads that are available digitally (inevitably, many more such ballads are either in undigitised collections or simply lost), about 120, not including reprints, make reference to Muslims. The ‘Muslim’ in these ballads appears as a ‘Turk’, with the rare exception …

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Sisneros, Katie, “ Turk ballads”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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