Turkish Essence

  • Nathan Ron


Erasmus’ Turkophobic rhetoric is discussed here. genus Turcarum was conceptualized by Erasmus as a loathsome race characterized by a repulsive set of corrupt mental defects, the sum of which was corruption and immorality. The term Immanitas Turcarum expressed the inhumanity which was ascribed to Turkish essence. Erasmus’ Turkophobic rhetoric negates any moderation or toleration toward Islam or the Turks, which certain historians have attributed to Erasmus.


Rhetoric Turkish essence Inhumanity Immorality Luther 

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  • Nathan Ron
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  1. 1.School of HistoryUniversity of HaifaMount Carmel, HaifaIsrael

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