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Machiavelli, Islam and the East

Reorienting the Foundations of Modern Political Thought

Editors: Biasiori, Lucio, Marcocci, Giuseppe (Eds.)

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  • Challenges conventional ideas about Machiavelli’s contribution to the foundation of the modern political thought and its limitation to the West
  • Includes nine case studies of the Islamic backgrounds, circulation and reception of Machiavelli’s writings to provide a refreshing interpretation that restores a sense of the global spreading of books, ideas and men in the past
  • Explores the connections between Machiavelli’s work, the Muslim world, and the East
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About this book

This volume provides the first survey of the unexplored connections between Machiavelli’s work and the Islamic world, running from the Arabic roots of The Prince to its first translations into Ottoman Turkish and Arabic. It investigates comparative descriptions of non-European peoples, Renaissance representations of Muḥammad and the Ottoman military discipline, a Jesuit treatise in Persian for a Mughal emperor, peculiar readers from Brazil to India, and the parallel lives of Machiavelli and the bureaucrat Celālzāde Muṣṭafá. Ten distinguished scholars analyse the backgrounds, circulation and reception of Machiavelli’s writings, focusing on many aspects of the mutual exchange of political theories and grammars between East and West. A significant contribution to attempts by current scholarship to challenge any rigid separation within Eurasia, this volume restores a sense of the global spreading of books, ideas and men in the past. 

 

About the authors

Lucio Biasiori is Balzan Prize Post-Doc Fellow at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy. His research encompasses the cultural and religious history of early modern Europe. His last book is Nello scrittoio di Machiavelli. Il Principe e la Ciropedia di Senofonte (2017). 

Giuseppe Marcocci is Associate Professor in Iberian History (European and Extra-European, 1450-1800) at the University of Oxford and a Fellow at Exeter College. His research focuses on the Iberian world and Renaissance historiography. His most recent book is Indios, cinesi, falsari: Le storie del mondo nel Rinascimento (2016).

Reviews

“Machiavelli was the first Renaissance humanist to consider the Muslim world from a secular perspective, but his interactions with Islam have been little studied. This original volume will be essential reading not only for Machiavelli scholars but for students of modern global culture in its emerging intellectual stages.” (Robert Black, Emeritus Professor of Renaissance History, University of Leeds, UK)

“A timely, learned, and thoughtful intervention, this volume should be required reading for both students and seasoned scholars interested in the intellectual roots of Western modernity, and will surprise even those who are well acquainted with the work of Machiavelli.” (Francesca Trivellato, Frederick W. Hilles Professor of History, Yale University, USA)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction: Reorienting Machiavelli

    Pages 1-14

    Biasiori, Lucio (et al.)

  • Islamic Roots of Machiavelli’s Thought? The Prince and the Kitāb sirr al-asrār from Baghdad to Florence and Back

    Pages 17-36

    Biasiori, Lucio

  • Turkophilia and Religion: Machiavelli, Giovio and the Sixteenth-Century Debate About War

    Pages 37-60

    Lavenia, Vincenzo

  • Machiavelli and the Antiquarians

    Pages 61-75

    Ginzburg, Carlo

  • Roman Prophet or Muslim Caesar: Muḥammad the Lawgiver Before and After Machiavelli

    Pages 79-103

    Tommasino, Pier Mattia

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Hardcover $119.99
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Softcover $119.99
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  • Due: 22 de diciembre de 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-319-85282-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Machiavelli, Islam and the East
Book Subtitle
Reorienting the Foundations of Modern Political Thought
Editors
  • Lucio Biasiori
  • Giuseppe Marcocci
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-53949-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-53949-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-53948-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85282-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 264
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