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Edward Pococke (1604–91) is best known to historians today as one of seventeenth-century Europe’s preeminent discoverers of Islam. This article explores three less-familiar aspects of his work as a scholar of Arabic: his comparative approach to the ‘Oriental’ languages; his interest in the Arabic translations of the Bible; and his study of Judaeo-Arabic biblical criticism. It argues that foregrounding these concerns – developed throughout the course of his long career as Laudian Professor of Arabic and Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford – enables us to situate Pococke’s work in its more specific theological contexts. In this way, it seeks to look beyond attempts to position Pococke at the origins of a disciplinary history of modern ‘Arabic studies’, and to understand instead how his scholarship was intertwined with early modern theological disputes – most of all, the debate about the status of the Masoretic text of the Hebrew Bible.
Author(s): Mills S
Publication type: Article
Publication status: In Press
Journal: Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Acceptance date: 17/07/2022
ISSN (print): 1082-9636
ISSN (electronic): 1527-8263
Publisher: Duke University Press