Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Luther's polemical apologetic against Islam

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Following his initial assessment of Islam and practical suggestions for responding to Islam in 1529, the peculiarities of the Turkish Muslim world continued to stimulate Martin Luther's interest throughout the following decade. Rather than composing an attack on the Qurʾān from scratch, though, he opted to translate, in his opinion, the best polemical apologetic work available so that the average German could see the truth behind Islam. According to Luther, the primary purpose behind the translation, which he entitled Verlegung des Alcoran, was apologetical. Shifting from a comparison of the Qurʾān's mode of expression to the Bible, the next argument asserted that the Qurʾān not only contradicted the Bible, but also itself. Following what was regarded as a damning exposé of Muḥammad and the Qurʾān the final chapters of the Verlegung shifted from offence to defence.

Keywords: Bible; Islam; Martin Luther; Muḥammad; polemical apologetic work; Qurʾān; Verlegung des Alcoran



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Martin Luther and Islam — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation