Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England: Anglo-Saxon Perceptions of the Islamic World Series Number 33 (Paperback)
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Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England: Anglo-Saxon Perceptions of the Islamic World Series Number 33 (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 21/01/2008
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In this book, Scarfe Beckett is concerned with representations of the Islamic world prevalent in Anglo-Saxon England. Using a wide variety of literary, historical and archaeological evidence, she argues that the first perceptions of Arabs, Ismaelites and Saracens which derived from Christian exegesis preconditioned wester expressions of hostility and superiority towards peoples of the Islamic world, and that these received ideas prevailed even as material contacts increased between England and Muslim territory. Medieval texts invariably represented Muslim Arabs as Saracens and Ismaelites (or Hagarenes), described by Jerome as biblical enemies of the Christian world three centuries before Muhammad's lifetime. Two early ideas in particular - that Saracens worshipped Venus and dissembled their own identity - continued into the early modern period. This finding has interesting implications for earlier theses by Edward Said and Norman Daniel concerning the history of English perceptions of Islam.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521054386
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 430 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"a comprehensive repertory of references" Journal of Religion Charles Burnett, University of London
"Katharine Scarfe Beckett has written a detailed, scholarly survey of all the extant sources for understanding what the 'Islamic world' signified in Anglo-Saxon England." - Andrew Scheil, Boston University
"Although the title may startle at first (did the Anglo-Saxons know anything about Islam?), the premise underlying Katharine Scarfe Beckett's book is intriguing and compelling." - Karen Louise Jolly, University of Hawaii Manoa

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