Religion ou Theologie des Turcs. Avec la Profession de Foi de Mahomet Fils de Pir Ali. THREE PARTS IN ONE VOLUME.

Khayali, Ahmad ibn Musa / Mufti Echialle

Book ID: 16841


12mo. [22], 228 pp., / 109 pp., / [3], 168 pp., initial engravings and head and tail pieces, first title in red and black, period full calf binding, marbled endpapers, title gilt and decoration on raised spine, rubbed and crackled binding with some extremities pieces missing, occasional spotting, chez Francois Foppens, Bruxelles, first edition, 1703-4.


EXTREMELY RARE. The introduction mentions that the author is of Arab origin, and an expert in Islamic law and religion. The first part deals with the creation of the world, the second and third deal with various aspects of the Prophet’s thoughts, the women in Islam, the Caliphate, and Islamic beliefs and sects.
This work, which is intended to ridicule the religious practices of the Turks, comprises translations (apparently for the first time into European language) of two Islamic religious treatises. The first is a work by Ahmad ibn Musa al-Khayali (d. 1457?) and the second is the Wasiyyet-name (also known as the Risale) of the Turkish scholar Mehmed ibn Pir ‘Ali Birgewi (or Birgili d. 1573), a manual of the rudiments of theology. The identity of the translator is unknown.
Bibliographic references: OCLC records four copies only (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Germany; Cambridge, England; Harvard and Wisconsin, U.S.A).

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