[Milton-L] Milton and the Qur'an
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Mon Aug 11 12:59:29 EDT 2008
This subject is of important interest to me. It has been discussed thoroughly in Eid Dhahiat's book "John Milton and the Arabic and Islamic Culture." He claims that Milton did not have any knowledge of the Qur'an.
I will be happy to answer any Q's offlist.
> From: walfred at udel.edu> To: milton-l at lists.richmond.edu> Subject: RE: [Milton-L] Milton and the Qur'an> Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2008 11:40:38 -0400> > Dear Milton List,> > I recently became friends with a woman of Palestinian decent and Muslim> faith, (a rarity in my geographical region) ad after having many> enlightened discussions about the similarities and difference in organized> religions and in the practice of faith, I started reading the Qur'an to> better understand her point of view. > > I was immediately struck by the strong rejection of the Christian trinity,> and any practice of idolatry. Milton immediately came to mind. Certain> tenets notwithstanding, my initial impression is that there would have been> a great deal in the Qur'an that Milton might have agreed with. I was> surprised to read that the Qur'an uses Christ's own words to emphasize their> argument for Christ's humanity/prophet-only status as opposed to his being> divine. On this particular point of Milton would have strongly objected.> > My curiosity piqued, I would like to know if Milton studied the Qur'an, (I> don't recall him knowing Arabic) and if so what he thought of it, what> references if any he might have made to it that have escaped my attention. I> would also appreciate direction to any readings this panel could recommend> on this subject. > > I've become fascinated with religious intolerance in culture and how it is> manifested in literature and art. A disclaimer, I am completely self-taught> in Milton studies- I undoubtedly operate under many unscholarly> misconceptions - and I use this list, silently, but faithfully, as a rudder> in my course work.> > ~Michele> > Michele D. Walfred> University of Delaware> Sussex County Cooperative Extension> 16483 County Seat Highway> Georgetown, Del. 19947> Direct: (302) 856-2585 ext. 544> Fax: (302) 856-1845> > Please visit our home page at:> http://www.rec.udel.edu > > > > _______________________________________________> Milton-L mailing list> Milton-L at lists.richmond.edu> Manage your list membership and access list archives at http://lists.richmond.edu/mailman/listinfo/milton-l
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