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H. Henry Meeter Center: Specializing in John Calvin, Calvinism, the Reformation, and Early Modern Studies


"The Protestant Reformers and Islam"

Emidio Campi, Emeritus, University of Zurich, and former director of the Swiss Institute for Reformation Studies

Audio recording of the lecture

Given on November 1, 2012

This lecture examines early Protestant conceptions of Islam in the broader context of the late medieval and Renaissance thought. Hence, the presentation is organized as follows: First, it situates the topic within major late medieval and early modern ideas about Islam in the Latin Christendom. Secondly, it summarizes briefly the position of Martin Luther. Thirdly, it explores in some depth the approach of the “Reformed Reformers”, i.e. Ulrich Zwingli, Theodor Bibliander, Heinrich Bullinger, and John Calvin to Islam. Finally, it offers some briefer reflections on the thorny issue of the Reformers’ perceptions of and responses to Islam, and their place in the history of Christian-Muslim relations.