Centuries-old prejudices against Islam were softened when a French diplomat translated the Quran into his native language in 1647. Soon, many European intellectuals were studying the text. They learned that the faith that had been demonized for so long was on a par with Christianity – a revelation that was a milestone for the Enlightenment. But why was a French diplomat, of all people, the first to translate the Quran into a modern language?

How Europe Learned about the Quran

Centuries-old prejudices against Islam were softened when a French diplomat translated the Quran into his native language in 1647. Soon, many European intellectuals were studying the text. They learned that the faith that had been demonized for so long was on a par with Christianity – a revelation that was a milestone for the Enlightenment. But why was a French diplomat, of all people, the first to translate the Quran into a modern language?

Unsworths present 23 recent acquisitions, mainly from the 16th and 17th century, in his E-list 62. Highlight of this selection is one of the first editions of Seneca’s works available in the Renaissance, printed in Venice in the late 15th century.

Unsworths Antiquarian Booksellers – E-list 62

Unsworths present 23 recent acquisitions, mainly from the 16th and 17th century, in his E-list 62. Highlight of this selection is one of the first editions of Seneca’s works available in the Renaissance, printed in Venice in the late 15th century.

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Bookophile is the idea of Jürg Conzett and Ursula Kampmann. It was born in the MoneyMuseum’s newly built library, out of a common thought about how we could transmit our love of books to others.

Bookophile

About us

Bookophile is the idea of Jürg Conzett and Ursula Kampmann. It was born in the MoneyMuseum’s newly built library, out of a common thought about how we could transmit our love of books to others.