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date: 29 March 2020

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This chapter examines four ‘time-spaces’ to situate the lives of individuals from the Islamic world in early modern England and their impact on its literary imagination: 1) the presence of Tartars, Chaldeans, and scattered ‘Others’ from the Islamic world in England from the 1550s to the 1570s; 2) the letters Queen Elizabeth I issued to various Muslim sovereigns from the 1580s to the 1590s; 3) Moroccan and Persian embassies at the English court through the 1680s; and 4) Muslim converts and captives in England through the 1690s. This history of the marginal presence of individuals from the Islamic world in England prior to the eighteenth century and their disproportionate resonance in the literature of the era thus becomes one of the facilitating conditions for the emerging anglocentric discourse of empire on a global scale.

Keywords: Islamic, Muslim, Ottoman, Safavid, Indian, Tartar, Turk, Persian, orientalism, Queen Elizabeth I

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