The Qur’an in Early Modern Europe Censorship and Opposition (1500-1800)

Public Lecture by Professor Alastair Hamilton (The Warburg Institute, London).

While a large number of manuscript translations and copies of the Qur’an made in the early modern period have come to light a surprisingly small number of translations and editions were actually published between 1500 and 1800. This lecture will concentrate on the forms of censorship applied in the Catholic world, especially in the cases of the French translation by André Du Ryer (1647) and the Latin edition of Ludovico Marracci (1698), and on the opposition that existed among Protestants, affecting the Arabic edition published by Abraham Hinckelmann in 1694 and the English translation by George Sale in 1734.

The lecture will be followed by a reception.