Scholarship between Europe and the Levant

Essays in Honour of Alastair Hamilton

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Scholarship between Europe and the Levant is a collection of essays in honour of Professor Alastair Hamilton. His pioneering research into the history of European Oriental studies has deeply enhanced our understanding of the dynamics and processes of cultural and religious exchange between Christian Europe and the Islamic world. Written by students, friends and colleagues, the contributions in this volume pay tribute to Alastair Hamilton’s work and legacy. They discuss and celebrate intellectual, artistic and religious encounters between Europe and the cultural area stretching from Northern Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, and spanning the period from the sixteenth to the late nineteenth century. Contributors: Asaph Ben-Tov, Alexander Bevilacqua, Maurits H. van den Boogert, Charles Burnett, Ziad Elmarsafy, Mordechai Feingold, Aurélien Girard, Bernard Heyberger, Robert Irwin, Tarif Khalidi, J.M.I. Klaver, Noel Malcolm, Martin Mulsow, Francis Richard, G. J. Toomer, Arnoud Vrolijk, Nicholas Warner, Joanna Weinberg, and Jan Just Witkam.

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Jan Loop is Professor of Early Modern Global History at the University of Kent. He is the author of Johann Heinrich Hottinger (1620-1667). Arabic and Islamic Studies in the 17th Century (Oxford, 2013) and co-editor of The Learning and Teaching of Arabic in Early Modern Europe (Leiden, 2017). Jill Kraye is an Emeritus Professor of Renaissance Philosophy at the Warburg Institute. She jointly edited The Marriage of Philology and Scepticism (London, 2019) and is an editor of the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes and of the International Journal of the Classical Tradition.
Contents

List of Figures
Contributors
 1 A Polyglot Traveller in the Republic of Letters
Jan Loop
 2 Between Literature and History
Ziad Elmarsafy
 3 Islam as a ‘Rational’ Religion: Early Modern European Views
Noel Malcolm
 4 Thomas Erpenius, Oriental Scholarship and the Art of Persuasion
Arnoud Vrolijk and Joanna Weinberg
 5 From Astronomica to Exotica: Jacob Golius’s edition of al-Farghānī’s On the Science of the Stars in Comparison with the Earlier Versions
Charles Burnett
 6 An Unrecognized ‘Critique’ of John Selden’s Historie of Tithes: John Gregory’s 1634 Edition of View of the Civile and Ecclesiasticall Law by Thomas Ridley
Mordechai Feingold
 7 Ravius in the East
Gerald J. Toomer
 8 Die silberne Rippe der orientalischen Schrift. Johann Ernst Gerhards Stammbuch und seine Reise durch die Niederlande im Jahr
Martin Mulsow
 9 The Errant Eye: Johann Michael Wansleben and the Monasteries of Suhāg
Nicholas Warner
 10 Histoire connectée du monachisme oriental. De l’érudition catholique en Europe aux réformes monastiques au Mont Liban (XVIIe–XVIIIe siècles)
Aurélien Girard
 11 Historia Literaria Alcorani: Two Lutheran Scholars Chronicling Oriental Scholarship at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century
Asaph Ben-Tov
 12 Fasting: The Limits of Catholic Confessionalization in Eastern Christianity in the Eighteenth Century
Bernard Heyberger
 13 Away with All the Greeks: Ancients, Moderns and Arabs in Étienne Fourmont’s ‘Oratio de lingua Arabica’ (1715)
Alexander Bevilacqua
 14 Richard Pococke and the Natural Curiosities of the East
Jan Marten Ivo Klaver
 15 Patrick Russell and the Arabian Nights Manuscripts
Maurits H. van den Boogert
 16 Volney’s Meditations on Ruins and Empires
Robert Irwin
 17 Malivoire et Rousseau informateurs de la cour de Vienne: Les bouleversements de la Perse des années 1795–1798 vus de Bagdad
Francis Richard
 18 Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq in England: 1848–1856
Tarif Khalidi
 19 Snouck Hurgronje’s Consular Ambitions
Jan Just Witkam
Alastair Hamilton—List of Scholarly Publications
Index
All interested in the shared history of Europe and the Islamic world and in the history of Oriental scholarship in the early modern period.
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