By Hammood Khalid Obaid
This e-book specializes in the significance of topical examining in figuring out Islamic figures and subject matters, and applies this method of landmark Elizabethan performs: George Peele's conflict of Alcazar and William Percy's Mahomet and his Heaven. the previous is the 1st English play to offer a Moor as a big personality, whereas the latter is the 1st English play to be in keeping with Quranic fabric and have the Prophet of Islam as a huge personality. In either performs, the e-book argues, topical issues performed an incredible position within the formation of Islamic characters and topics, rendering the time period 'representation' hugely controversial. The publication additionally in brief covers different Elizabethan performs that contained Islamic components, reminiscent of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and The service provider of Venice, and Marlowe's Tamburlaine and medical professional Faustus. Topical concerns coated within the paintings comprise British-Muslim relatives, the Spanish Armada, Elizabethan patriotism in literature, Catholic-Protestant tensions within the past due sixteenth century, the gynaecocracy debate, and Elizabethan alchemy and magic.