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Islamic Conversion and Christian Resistance on the Early Modern Stage$
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Jane Hwang Degenhardt

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640843

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640843.001.0001

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Engendering Faith: Sexual Defilement and Spiritual Redemption in The Renegado

Engendering Faith: Sexual Defilement and Spiritual Redemption in The Renegado

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(p.121) Chapter 3 Engendering Faith: Sexual Defilement and Spiritual Redemption in The Renegado
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Islamic Conversion and Christian Resistance on the Early Modern Stage
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Jane Hwang Degenhardt

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640843.003.0004

This chapter discusses in more detail the gendered implications of Islamic conversion. It considers the stakes of redemption, sexual seduction and redemption in Philip Massinger's The Renegado, and reads this play against Robert Daborne's A Christian Turned Turke. Here, it reveals a tension within The Renegado that involves embodied resistance and spiritual redemption that divides along the lines of gender. It shows that while the sexual transgression of the Christian protagonist with a Muslim woman is redeemable by spiritual repentance, the chastity of the Christian heroine is protected by a magical relic. This demonstrates the reversibility of male transgression and the permanent and embodied consequences of female sexual contamination.

Keywords:   gendered implications, Islamic conversion, sexual transgression, reversibility, embodied consequences

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