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"In November 1587, when war between England and Spain seemed assured, Harborne wrote an extraordinary letter to Murad, complaining about his reluctance to ratify an Anglo‑Ottoman military alliance. It shows how Harborne used religious concordance between Protestants and Muslims to justify a military coalition: '... If, however, Your Highness, wisely and courageously, without delay, will undertake jointly with my mistress war upon the sea ... then the proud Spaniard and the mendacious pope, with all their adherents, will not only be cheated of their cherished hope of victory but will also receive the penalty for their audacity. Since God protects only his own, he will through us in such wise punish these idol-worshippers that those of them who might still remain will be converted by their example to worship the true God in unison with us. ..." (Jerry Brotton, This Orient Isle- Elizabethan England and the Islamic World.)


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God only protects true believers.

We are true believers, so God will use us to punish the followers of the Pope.

He will punish them so that any who survive will convert to worship our God,who is the true God.

Here is an extensive paraphrase. Do you understand now, or do you need more help?

Note that the original text was written in 1587, so the style of the English is very old-fashioned.

Clive

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alibey1917Since God protects only his own

God protects the people who believe in and worship him. He does not protect anyone else. For that reason …

alibey1917he will through us in such wise punish these idol-worshippers that those of them who might still remain

He will use us to punish the people (namely the Roman Catholics, the Spanish) who worship idols (meaning statues of Mary and the like, which is forbidden in both the Christian Bible and the Moslem Koran) so severely (in such wise) that those of them who might still remain (if we somehow do not manage to kill every last one of them) will be converted by their example (will see what happened to them and rethink the matter in light of the consequences of staying Catholic) …

alibey1917to worship the true God in unison with us.

The Judeo-Christian Jehovah can be imagined to be the same God as the Moslem Allah by a different name. The Christian Protestants saw themselves as returning to the worship of the one true God in defiance of the Roman Catholic idolators, and that supposedly gives them common cause and identity of belief with the Moslem Turks.

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It's an excellent explanation, Clive, I've understood it well, thanks a lot.