Author: Nabil Matar
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release Date: 13 Oct 1998
This book examines the impact of Islam on early modern Britain. Christian-Muslim interaction at this time was not, as is often thought, primarily adversarial; rather, there was extensive cultural, intellectual and missionary engagement with Islam. The author documents conversion both to and from Islam, and surveys reactions to these conversions. He investigates the impact of the Qur’an and sufism, not to mention coffee, on British culture, and cites extensive interaction of Britons with Islam through travel, in London coffee houses, in church, among converts to and from Islam, in sermons and in plays.