Wednesday, September 21, 2016

England’s Forgotten Muslim History (NYT, 9/17/2016).

It turns out that Islam, in all its manifestations — imperial, military and commercial — played an important part in the story of England. Today, when anti-Muslim rhetoric inflames political discourse, it is useful to remember that our pasts are more entangled than is often appreciated.

Jerry Brotton, a professor of Renaissance studies at Queen Mary University of London, is the author of The Sultan and the Queen: The Untold Story of Elizabeth and Islam.