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Britain and the Islamic World, 1558–1713

Gerald MacLean and Nabil Matar


What did early-modern Britons know about Muslim peoples and societies, Islam as a theology, and Islamic lands? This book explores interactions between Britain and the Islamic world from 1558 to 1713, showing how scholars, diplomats, traders, captives, travellers, clerics, and chroniclers developed and described those interactions. Queen Elizabeth I initiated diplomatic and commercial relations with the Islamic world. The early trading Companies received her royal charter, taking Britons to Islamic states in North Africa and the Islamic empires of the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals. We end wit ... More

Keywords: Britain, Muslims, Islam, Barbary, Ottoman, Safavid, Mughal, diplomacy, trade, empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199203185
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203185.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerald MacLean, author
Professor of English Literature, University of Exeter
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Nabil Matar, author
Professor of English, University of Minnesota
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