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Islam in Medieval and Early Modern English Literature

A valuable research by Hafiz Abid Masood, a lecturer in the Department of English, International Islamic University, Islamabad has been published in a recent issue of Islamic Studies, a Pakistan based quarterly journal of Islamic Research.

This is a comprehensive bibliography (approx 50 pages) listing all the publications of English literature that can be understood as 1) pertaining to representation of Islam and Muslims in some capacity and 2) dealing with the influence of Muslim literary traditions on the European.

According to the compiler:

The present bibliography is part of a larger project that aims at compiling a comprehensive list of works dealing with the influence of Islam on, as well as Islam’s representation in, English literature. Two main considerations have guided the choice of material that has gone into the present bibliography. The first was related to the transmission of ideas from Muslim lands to England with specific focus on English literature. The second consideration was to explore how Muslims were depicted in English literature. The types of material that have been identified here range from full-scale books and monographs to articles published in journals, conference papers, dissertations and sometimes even lectures that were delivered at various Eastern and Western universities.

The work has been furnished awesomely with an introduction to all the genres that have been neatly divided into parts, sections and sub-sections. Its a worth keeping reference that should not be missed by any bibliophile.

12 thoughts on “Islam in Medieval and Early Modern English Literature

  1. hafiz abid masood is my teacher, he is a great personolity, he has very great moral.
    and this research is very good for peaple, specially for british and ameriacans.
    i request the peaple to read this book and get benifit from this.
    thanks a lot

  2. This effort by Hafiz Masood is quite an undertaking but is, sadly, rather limited in achieving its self-proclaimed ends. It is ok as a compendium of various scholarly articles, lectures etc on/about (a) the ‘images’ or ‘representations’of Islam/Muslims in English Literature and (b) regarding ‘Muslim’ or ‘Islamic’ influences on the West, c the 19th and 20th centuries. But it doesnt go much beyond that does it?
    Masood doesnt address a wealth of earlier such secondary articles and/or materials, and does not even come close to seriously taking up any of a host of original, primary sources in English and Western/European Literature/s–the larger part of which are not necessarily reflected in the material he chooses to ‘selectively’ give in his Bibliography. There are dozens of such bibliographical lists, even a simple library catalog search will throw them up; but nothing really original on earlier source, primary material/s. Maybe, Masood will go on to better things after this amateurish attempt.

  3. I find Sophias argument against the report to be offshore and ill aimed with a nonsensical basis. This partial study, as presented by the author, will be continued in a bigger study in the issue as regarded. The concentration on the sources indicate a mighter interest in quantity of rather than quality. Further. As for the “selectiveness” I find it quite outlandish as the study conducts itself in investigating those influences. Unthoughtful sceptism that resorts to pinpointing insults is charlatanism.

  4. aoa,respected sir i want ask a question can u send me the list of all this literature?
    kindly reply me. you and your work has a great blessing for us. may ALLAHA blessed you to much.

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