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The Cervantes/Shakespeare conspiracy theory

I barely scratched the surface of Cervantes/Shakespeare conspiracy theories in yesterday’s 4/23/16 400th anniversary deathday tribute to the two greatest geniuses of Western literature. So let’s pick up where we left off. One of the most popular theories (among Muslims, anyway) is that both authors were secret Muslims. Shakespeare’s real name, according to one interpretation, was ash-Shaykh al-Kabeer meaning – no, not the shaykh of beer, that would be haram – but rather The Great Shaykh. And that is certainly plausible, since we know that anyone who says Shakespeare was No Great Shakes doesn’t know what he or she is…