Fanatisme, Ou Mahomet le Prophete

ISBN-10: 1936117819
ISBN-13: 9781936117819
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Description: Voltaire's play Fanaticism, or Mahomet the Prophet was controversial in its own day, and has stirred up controversy in recent decades as attempts to mount stage productions have been met with protests. Originally intended as an oblique criticism of  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Publisher: Litwin Books, LLC
Publication date: 9/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

Voltaire's play Fanaticism, or Mahomet the Prophet was controversial in its own day, and has stirred up controversy in recent decades as attempts to mount stage productions have been met with protests. Originally intended as an oblique criticism of the Catholic Church and religious fanaticism in general (as Voltaire understood it), the play stands today as an entertaining melodrama marked by gleeful irreverance and historical imagination. This new prose translation into English by Hanna Burton brings the text to modern English-speaking audiences. The translator's extensive introduction sheds light on the history of the work and its reception by Voltaire's contemporaries. A preface by Malise Ruthven helps us to understand Voltaire's own relationship to Islam.

Preface: Voltaire and Islam
Introduction: The Play in its Historical Context
The Play
Act 1
Act 2
Act 3
Act 4
Act 5

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