By Nabil Matar
This booklet offers translated decisions from the writings of Muhammad Ibn Othman al-Miknasi (d. 1799). the one writings via an Arab-Muslim within the pre-modern interval that current a comparative viewpoint, his travelogues supply distinctive 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 about court docket lifestyles, govt workplaces and spiritual structures, and he offers precise debts 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 international explores how the main travelled Muslim author of the pre-modern interval observed the area: from Spain to Arabia and from Morocco to Turkey, with second-hand information regarding the hot World.
Supplemented with wide notes detailing the historical and political relevance of the translations, this ebook is of curiosity to researchers and students of Mediterranean background, Ottoman experiences and Muslim-Christian kin.
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