By Humberto Garcia
A corrective addendum to Edward Said’s Orientalism, this e-book examines how sympathetic representations of Islam contributed considerably to Protestant Britain’s nationwide and imperial identification within the eighteenth century.
Taking a ancient view, Humberto Garcia combines a rereading of eighteenth-century and Romantic-era British literature with unique learn on Anglo-Islamic relatives. He reveals that faraway from being thought of overseas through the era’s thinkers, Islamic republicanism performed a defining position in Radical Enlightenment debates, most importantly throughout the excellent Revolution, French Revolution, and different moments of acute constitutional drawback, in addition to in nationwide and political debates approximately England and its out of the country empire. Garcia indicates that writers resembling Edmund Burke, girl Mary Wortley Montagu, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey, and Percy and Mary Shelley not just have been motivated through foreign occasions within the Muslim global but in addition observed in that global and its historical past a manageable route to interrogate, contest, and redefine British innovations of liberty.
This deft exploration of the forgotten second in early sleek heritage whilst intercultural alternate among the Muslim international and Christian West used to be universal resituates English literary and highbrow background within the wider context of the worldwide eighteenth century. The direct problem it poses to the assumption of an exclusionary Judeo-Christian Enlightenment serves as a massive revision to post-9/11 narratives a few old conflict among Western democratic values and Islam.