In the Lands of the Christians: Arabic Travel Writing in

In the Lands of the Christians: Arabic Travel Writing in

In the Lands of the Christians: Arabic Travel Writing in the 17th Century [Read] ➲ In the Lands of the Christians: Arabic Travel Writing in the 17th Century By Nabil Matar – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk In the Lands of the Christians presents original translations from Arabic of four Christian and Muslim writers who visited Western Europe and America in the seventeenth century These essays contain ca In Lands of the Christians: ePUB Ò the Lands of Lands of Epub µ the Christians presents original translations from Arabic of four Christian and Muslim writers who visited Western Europe and America in the seventeenth century These essays contain careful descriptions of the regions, societies, customs, and religions these intrepid travelers encountered in their journeys Here you will find the In the ePUB Ò complete travel narrative of the first Arab to visit South and Central America in , the first English translation of the ambassadorial report by Mohammad bin Abd al Wahab al Ghassani who traveled through Spain in , translations of letters by the Morrocan ambassador to France describing his relationship with his hosts the Lands of PDF/EPUB ¿ and his impressions of the land, and Morisco author Ahmad bin Qasim s account of his voyage from Holland to France in.


About the Author: Nabil Matar

Nabil Lands of the Christians: ePUB Ò Matar studied English Lands of Epub µ Literature at the American University of Beirut where he received his BA and MA In , he completed his PhD at Cambridge University on the poetry of Thomas Traherne He taught at Jordan University and the American University of Beirut, and received postdoctoral grants from the British In the ePUB Ò Council Clare Hall, Cambridge University and from Fulbright Harvard Divinity School In , Dr Matar moved to the United States and started teaching in the Humanities Department at Florida Institute of Technology In , he became the Department Head and served until when he moved to the English Department at the the Lands of PDF/EPUB ¿ University of Minnesota He is Presidential Professor in the President s Interdisciplinary Initiative on Arts and Humanities and teaches in the departments of English and History, and in the Religious Studies ProgramDr Matar s research in the past two decades has focused on relations between early modern Britain, Western Europe, and the Islamic Mediterranean He is author of numerous articles, chapters in books and encyclopedias, and the trilogy Islam in Britain, Cambridge UP, , Turks, Moors and Englishmen in the Age of Discovery Columbia UP, , and Britain and Barbary, UP of Florida, He wrote the introduction to Piracy, Slavery and Redemption Columbia UP, and began a second trilogy on Arabs and Europeans in the early modern world In the Lands of the Christians Routledge, , Europe through Arab Eyes, Columbia UP, He is currently working on the third installment, Arabs and Europeans, With Professor Gerald MacLean, he published Britain and the Islamic World, Oxford UP, With Professor Judy Hayden, he edited a collection of essays on travel to the Holy Land in the early modern period in press, Brill, His forthcoming publication is a study and an annotated edition of Henry Stubbe and the Prophet Muhammad The Originall Progress of Mahometanism Columbia UP, , He is completing work on Names and Numbers British Captives in North Africa, In recognition of his pioneering scholarship on the relationship between Islamic civilisation and early modern Europe, Dr Matar was given the Building Bridges award at the University of Cambridge March .



10 thoughts on “In the Lands of the Christians: Arabic Travel Writing in the 17th Century

  1. Jonathan Brown Jonathan Brown says:

    Editor and translator Nabil Matar has done us a truly wonderful service in this volume He has collected and translated portions of four seventeenth century Arabic language travel writings one by a Christian Ilyas Hanna al Mawsuli, a priest who traveled to Europe and South America , but mostly by Muslims The last of the four, the letters sent by Abdallah bin Aisha to correspondents in France at the century s close, weren t terribly interesting But the other two were superbly fascinating The Editor and translator Nabil Matar has done us a truly wonderful service in this volume He has collected and translated portions of four seventeenth century Arabic language travel writings one by a Christian Ilyas Hanna al Mawsuli, a priest who traveled to Europe and South America , but mostly by Muslims The last of the four, the letters sent by Abdallah bin Aisha to correspondents in France at the century s close, weren t terribly interesting But the other two were superbly fascinating The first item is by Ahmad bin Qasim al Hajari, a Morisco who escaped Spain before Philip III expelled the Moriscos in 1609 , went to Morocco, became a translator for the local sultan, and then was sent as an envoy to France and Holland in hopes of liberating some captives Along the way his account covers 1611 1613 he made many observations and recounted numerous debates in which, he felt, he got the better hand over France s Catholics Many of his arguments aren t exactly winners in retrospect that s my two cents but neither are most of the ones he records his opponents saying Frequently, they offer about fasting practices, abstention from wine, iconography, and so forth A great read The third and longer work is by Ahmad ibn Qasim s eventual successor as Moroccan ambassador, Mohammad bin Abd al Wahab al Ghassani, who nearly eight decades later traveled to Spain within living memory of the expulsion of his people to try and ransom yetcaptives He, too, recorded the occasional debate, but evenso his observations and experiences from town to town, including his understanding of Spanish history a bit jumbled , a contemporary account of the workings of the Spanish Inquisition, the festival after the canonization of St John of God, and even detailed descriptions of medical care and postal delivery at the time At least, whenever he isn t alternating descriptions of how friendly everyone is with phrases like may God curse them, may God destroy them, may God mutilate him, etc All in all, though, an extremely worthwhile little volume


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