Eastern Wisdom and Learning: The Study of Arabic in Seventeenth-Century England

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This book narrates the extraordinary growth in the study of Arabic in England from the late sixteenth century, when it was almost non-existe nt, to the end of the seventeenth. In this masterly and original study, Professor Toomer gives the first detailed account of this growth, se t against the religious and political background in England and Europe . He shows how trade with the Ottoman Empire and mistrust of Islam inf luenced the study of Arabic. Finally, he traces the course and causes of the drastic decline in Arabic ...

Eastern Wisdom and Learning: The Study of Arabic in Seventeenth-Century England 1996, OUP Oxford, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780198202912

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