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PRIDEAUX, Humphrey.
La Vie de Mahomet,
Amsterdam: George Gallet,, 1698. Duodecimo (149 x 92 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, decorative gilt spine, red morocco label, red edges, marbled endpapers. Engraved additional frontispiece/title and 9 unsigned plates in the manner of Romeyn de Hooghe; title page printed in red and black. Head of spine chipped, front joint cracked but firm, corners worn. A good copy, clean and sound, complete with the terminal advertisement leaves [L3-4]. First French edition, translated from the English by Daniel de Larroque, following the London edition of 1697. "Prideaux [1648-1724] lamented how many Deists had charged Christianity with imposture, and he meant to hold up Islam as an actual fraud against which Christianity's legitimacy would become more apparent. Knowing that some might accuse him of painting Muhammad in the 'foulest colours,' he insisted that he would approach Muhammad judiciously. Prideaux saw Islam as the judgement of God on the eastern churches that had been rife with bickering before the Prophet arose... The rise of Islam, in Prideaux's formulation, was a cautionary tale against the disturbers of the church's peace" (Thomas S. Kidd, American Christians and Islam: Evangelical Culture and Muslims from the Colonial Period to the Age of Terrorism, Princeton UP 2009, pp. 7-8). Prideaux's book drew largely on the work of Edward Pococke (1604-1691), "the finest European Arabist of his time" (ODNB), and proved very popular, going through eight editions by 1723. Library Hub cites copies at just four British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Oxford, University College Lo … [Click Below for Full Description]
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