An Arab Ambassador in the Mediterranean World: The Travels by Nabil Matar

By Nabil Matar

This publication offers translated choices from the writings of Muhammad Ibn Othman al-Miknasi (d. 1799). the single writings by way of an Arab-Muslim within the pre-modern interval that current a comparative point of view, his travelogues offer designated perception with in to Christendom and Islam.

Translating excerpts from his 3 travelogues, this publication tells the tale of al-Miknasi’s travels from 1779-1788. As an envoy, al-Miknasi used to be aware of court docket lifestyles, govt workplaces and non secular constructions, and he presents particular money owed of towns, humans, customs, ransom negotiations, ancient occasions and political associations. together with descriptions of Europeans, Arabs, Turks, Christians (both eu and Eastern), Muslims, Jews, and (American) Indians within the final area of the eighteenth century, An Arab Ambassador within the Mediterranean global explores how the main travelled Muslim author of the pre-modern interval observed the realm: from Spain to Arabia and from Morocco to Turkey, with second-hand information regarding the recent World.

Supplemented with large notes detailing the historical and political relevance of the translations, this publication is of curiosity to researchers and students of Mediterranean background, Ottoman experiences and Muslim-Christian relations.

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