Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders

Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders

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In this original and illuminating book, Denise A. Spellberg reveals a little-known but crucial dimension of the story of American religious freedom—a drama in which Islam played a surprising role. In 1765, eleven years before composing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson bought a Qur’an. This marked only the beginning of his lifelong interest in Islam, and he would go on to acquire numerous books on Middle Eastern languages, history, and travel,… (more)

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“Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an” breaks fresh ground and should, with any luck, inspire further elaboration.

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Book Details  


Publisher: Vintage (October 01, 2013)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 416 pages

File size: 3.7 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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