Clinton Bennett

Dr. Clinton Bennett is a British American scholar of religions and specialises in the study of Islam and Muslim-non-Muslim encounter. A Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and of the Royal Anthropological Institute, he has published numerous books and articles related to the study of Islam and inter-religious encounter, including Victorian Images of Islam (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2009). 

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Victorian Images of Islam

ISBN: 978-1-60724-673-2
Victorian perceptions of Islam were not monochrome; some saw beyond stereotypical images, others reproduced them. In this study, the accounts of six Victorians outline the contrast of the two perceptions. It suggests that presuppositions, not encounters per se, determine how we see cultural and religious others.

Christianity and Islam

The Bible and the Koran
ISBN: 978-1-60724-412-7
Based on lectures delivered in Chichester Cathedral, this book mirrors typical nineteenth century English attitudes toward the non-European space. This needed Christianity and European political oversight, or its people would remain backward and spiritually lost. The book shows how someone whose inclinations were liberal could look at Islam and dislike what he saw. On the other hand, the book also shows that a non-specialist scholar in the second half of the nineteenth century could write seriously if not impartially about Islam using material available in European languages. This suggests that Islam was a subject of increasing interest in Victorian England.