Turk Plays

(835 words)
  • Brinda Charry (Keene State College )

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

Those plays written and performed in Elizabethan and Jacobean England which drew their inspiration from European accounts of Turks and the Ottoman Empire are often collectively referred to as “Turk plays” by modern scholars. The Ottoman Empire was expanding through northern Africa and Eastern Europe in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and would besiege Vienna in 1683, and the military strength and economic prowess of this alien Islamic power on the borders of Europe moved a number of English playwrights to explore Euro-Muslim (or more specifically Euro-Turkish) encounters in their writings. These plays have attracted much scholarly attention in recent years, with growing interest in Anglo-Islamic relations in the early modern …

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Charry, Brinda. "Turk Plays". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 August 2007
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