Topicality and representation : Islam and Muslims in two Renaissance plays

Hammood Obaid

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This book focuses on the importance of topical reading in understanding Islamic figures and themes, and applies this approach to two landmark Elizabethan plays: George Peele's Battle of Alcazar and William Percy's Mahomet and his Heaven. The former is the first English play to present a Moor as a major character, while the latter is the first English play to be based on Quranic material and feature the Prophet of Islam as a major character. In both plays, the book argues, topical concerns played a major role in the formation of Islamic characters and themes, rendering the term 'representation' highly debatable. The book also briefly covers other Elizabethan plays that contained Islamic elements
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Number of pages256
ISBN (Electronic)9781443850605
ISBN (Print)1443850608
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • George Peele
  • William Percy
  • English literature -- Islamic influences
  • English drama -- Islamic influences
  • Islam in literature
  • Muslims in literature
  • Battle of Alcazar
  • Mahomet and his heaven


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