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The Crescent and the City of the Sun: Islam and the Renaissance Utopia of Tommaso Campanella

Noel Malcolm

in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 125, 2003 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263242
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734014 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263242.003.0003

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Crescent and the City of the Sun: Islam and the Renaissance Utopia of Tommaso Campanella

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This lecture discusses a new interpretation of Tommaso Campanella's most famous work, the Città del sole, as well as the motivation for the anti-Spanish rebellion in 1599. Campanella, along with a number of writers during the Counter-Reformation, had a rather special interest in the Ottoman Empire. The Città del sole incorporates many features of the Ottoman society and Islamic practice into its idealised picture of a natural human existence.

Keywords: Tommaso Campanella; Città del sole; anti-Spanish rebellion; Counter-Reformation; Ottoman Empire; Islamic practice; natural human existence; idealised picture

Chapter.  13158 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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