John Milton’s poetry and prose are central to our understanding of the aesthetic, political and religious upheavals of early modern England. Innovative recent scholarship, however, continues to expand the range of contexts through which we read Milton beyond Christian Europe, unearthing the vitality and resonance of the Miltonic text within religious and political debates across borders, through time and in multiple languages.
The Islamic world has begun to receive deserved recognition as one such global site of this cultural energy. The publication of complete translations of Paradise Lost into Arabic has stimulated fresh critical explorations from a multiplicity of perspectives: historicist, comparative and theological. Attention to spatially and religiously diverse influences and reception contexts offers new avenues of approach into masterpieces including Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained and Areopagitica, as well as into the cultural forces these texts represent, reimagine and contest. By exploring how Milton, Islam and the Middle East address and implicate one another, this collection asks how, why and where Milton matters. This book was originally published as a special issue of English Studies.
1. Milton and Islam: Bridging Cultures David Currell and François-Xavier Gleyzon
2. Paradise Lost as an Islamic Epic: Muhammad ‘Anānī’s translation (2002/2010) Nabil Matar
3. Holistic Typology: "Uniting the Dissevered Pieces": Quranic Retention and Protension in Milton’s Areopagitica and Nativity Ode François-Xavier Gleyzon
4. Meditations on Mediation: John Milton and the Muslim Jesus David Currell
5. Milton’s Enmity towards Islam and the Intellectus Agens Feisal G. Mohamed
6. Milton’s Areopagitica in the Arab World Today Islam Issa