Perceptions of Islam in Renaissance England

Prof Gordon Campbell, Professor of Renaissance Studies, School of English, University of Leicester delivered a public lecture under the theme 'Perceptions of Islam in Renaissance England' on Wednesday 9 May 2012 in the Main Lecture Theatre at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education.

Prof Campbell spoke about the assymmetary in public information about how Islam is perceived in society and this has been influenced by literature as well as the media. He illustrated his point by giving examples from literature as the media and how they influence public perceptions.

He spoke about his current research where he discovered that large numbers of Muslim converts lived in Britain at the end of the last century and this was not known. He encouraged students to research this area as much more work is needed to understand the situation at the time.

The programme, which was attended by staff, students and other guests, concluded with a question and answer session.