On Islam

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Articles
Books
History of Islam
On Swearing on the Koran & the Bible

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Articles

1500’s

Marbeck, John – ‘Mahomet’  in A Book of Notes & Common Places, with their Expositions, Collected & Gathered out of the Works of Diverse Singular Writers, & Brought Alphabetically into Order…  (London, 1581)

Smith, Henry – Ch. 4, ‘Wherein is Briefly Showed the Religion of Mahomet to be a False & Wicked Religion’  in God’s Arrow Against Atheists  (London, 1593)

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1600’s

Leigh, Edward – bk. 1, ch. 3, ‘The Second Great False Religion is Mahometism’  in Fœlix Consortium [a Fruitful Fellowship], or, A Fit Conjuncture of Religion & Learning in One Entire Volume, consisting of six books…  (London, 1615)

Comenius, Johann Amos – Ch. 148, ‘Mahometism’  in The Visible World, or, A Picture & Nomenclature of All the Chief Things that are in the World, and of Men’s Employments Therein  (London, 1659), pp. 302-303

Comenius (1592-1670) was a Czech philosopher, pedagogue and theologian from Moravia who is considered the father of modern education.  He served as the last bishop of the Unity of the Brethren before becoming a religious refugee and one of the earliest champions of universal education, a concept eventually set forth in his book Didactica Magna.  As an educator and theologian, he led schools and advised governments across Protestant Europe through the middle of the seventeenth century.

The Unity of the Brethren church had its roots in the teaching of Czech reformer Jan Hus.  Comenius was greatly influenced by Boehme and was interested in prophecy.  PRDL lists him as reformed.

More, Henry – An Explanation of the Grand Mystery of Godliness, or, A True & Faithful Representation of the Everlasting Gospel of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ…  (London, 1660), Book 5

Ch. 9, ‘On Mahomet’

Ch. 10, ‘That Mahomet was no true Prophet, discovered…’

Ch. 12, sections 5-8

More (1614–1687) was an Arminian, Latitudinarian, English philosopher of the Cambridge Platonist school.

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1900’s

Boettner, Loraine –

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Books

1600’s

Mohammedis Imposturæ [The Impostures of Mohammed]: that is, A Discovery of the Manifold Forgeries, Falsehoods & Horrible Impieties of the Blasphemous Seducer Mohammed, with a Demonstration of the Insufficiency of his Law, contained in the cursed Al-Koran; delivered in a conference had between two Mohametans, in their return from Mecca.  Written long since in Arabic, and now done into English by William Bedwell…  (London, 1615)

Rycaut, Paul – The Present State of the Ottoman Empire, Containing the Maxims of the Turkish Polity, the Most Material Points of the Mahometan Religion, their sects & heresies, their convents & religious votaries, their military discipline…  (London, 1668)

Rycaut (1628–1700) was a British diplomat, author and traveler.  Rycaut served as secretary to the British Embassy at Constantinople.  Afterward, he served as consul to the Levant Company in Smyrna, Turkey.

Prideaux, Humphrey – The True Nature of Imposture Fully Displayed in the Life of Mahomet, with a discourse Annexed for the Vindicating of Christianity from this Charge, Offered to the Consideration of the Deists of the Present Age  (London, 1697)

Prideaux (1648–1724) was a low-Church Anglican clergyman, professor and orientalist. 

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1700’s

Reland, Adriaan – Four Treatises Concerning the Doctrine, Discipline & Worship of the Mahometans: viz. I. An Abridgment of the Mahometan Religion…  II. A Defense of the Mahometans from Several Charges Falsely Laid Against Them by Christians…  (J. Darby for B. Lintott and E. Sanger, 1712)

Reland (1676-1718) was a noted Dutch Orientalist scholar, cartographer and philologist in the reformed tradition.

“Reland, through compiling Arabic texts, completed De religione Mohammedica libri duo in 1705.  This work, extended in 1717, was considered the first objective survey of Islamic beliefs and practices.  It quickly became a reference work throughout Europe…” – Wikipedia

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The History of Islam

On the Medieval Age

Christians under Islam

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On Searing on the Koran & the Bible

Willet, Andrew – Hexapla in Genesis & Exodus  (d. 1621; 1633, London), ‘Of the Ten Commandments in Particular’, ch. 23, 3. Questions Discussed

Question 27, ‘Whether a Saracene may be urged to swear upon the Gospels or in the name of Christ?’

Question 29, ‘That it is not lawful for a Christian to swear upon the Turks’ Al-Koran, or Mahomet’s thigh, nor for a Turk himself’

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