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[Defoe, Daniel?] A Turkish Merchant at Amsterdam,
The Conduct of Christians Made the Sport of Infidels (London: S. Baker, 1717).

The Conduct of Christians Made the Sport of Infidels in a letter from a Turkish Merchant at Amsterdam to the Grand Mufti at Constantinople (London: S. Baker, 1717).

THE| Conduct of Christians| Made the| Sport of Infidels.| In a| LETTER| From a| Turkish Merchant at Amsterdam| To the| Grand Mufti at Constantinople:| On Occasion of some of our National Follies, but| especially the late Quarrel among| the CLERGY.| [rule]| LONDON:| Printed for S. Baker at the Black-Boy and| Anchor in Pater-Noster-Row. 1717.| [[!]Price Six-Pence.]


Titlepage/ p.3-38/ 8.


{L: 109.f.65}.


RP: reel. 2200.

Bibliographical Reference

J. R. Moore (1960), p.151: 381. - ESTC: t069379.


J. R. Moore (1960), p.151: 381: Defoe, Daniel.

Publication Date

After 22 Nov. 1717, as p.28 mentions the George I suspending the "Convocation". - J. R. Moore (1960), p.151: 381 mentions 30 Jul. 1717 in respect to a quotation in Mercurius Britannicus, Aug. 1718, p.477-88.

History of Publication
  a this editionThe Conduct of Christians Made the Sport of Infidels (London: S. Baker, 1717).
  b [...] (Dublin: T. Hume/ P. Campbell, 1718).link

Title: "Letter".


Reflects the Bangorian Controversy instigated recently by Benjamin Hoadley, the Bischof of Bangor. Hoadleys sermon, delivered on March, 31 1717, with George I. among the audience, had dealt with the "visible Church of Christ" - and offered clerical support to the present Whig-policy. The sermon helped the Dissenters as it questioned the Anglican claim to authenticity in the following of Christ's church which alone could justify the actions taken against the Dissenters. The Anglican High-Church had opened the "Convocation" on 3 May 1717, a press had came along with it. The text uses the Arabian voice to keep contents out of the conroversy, and to concentrate on the actions of the High-Church as giving further proof of the imperfections of the Christian doctrine - the Islamic perfection manifesting at the same time in the inner peace it achieves. Extended use of arabesque stilistic components.


For information on the "Bangorian Controversy" cf. article on Benjamin Hoadley (1676-1761) in Dictionary of National Biography, 27 (London, 1891), p.16-21.