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Muslim-Christian Polemics in Safavid Iran

Alberto Tiburcio


This book is a study on the history of polemical exchanges between Catholic missionaries and Muslim ʿulama in Safavid Iran. The book is centred around the figure of ʿAli Quli Jadid al-Islam, a Portuguese missionary who embraced Islam and worked as a court translator for Shah Sultan Husayn. The book explores the context in which he worked, focusing on broader conditions of Muslim-Christian relations in Iran, and examining his interreligious polemical writings. The latter, conceived in response to cycles of polemics linking Iran to Rome and Mughal India, adapted the historical conventions of pol ... More

Keywords: Safavid Iran, Muslim-Christian Relations, Shiʿism, Interreligious Polemics, Conversion to Islam, Translation of Religious Scriptures, Confessionalisation, Islamic Intellectual History, Missionaries in the Middle East, History of the Persianate World

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474440462
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440462.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alberto Tiburcio, author
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science