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Europe Through Arab Eyes, 1578-1727 By Nabil Matar

Europe Through Arab Eyes, 1578-1727 by Nabil Matar

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Europe Through Arab Eyes, 1578-1727 by Nabil Matar

Traveling to archives in Tunisia, Morocco, France, and England, with visits to Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Spain, Nabil Matar assembles a rare history of Europe's rise to power as seen through the eyes of those who were later subjugated by it. Many historians of the Middle East believe Arabs and Muslims had no interest in Europe during this period of Western discovery and empire, but in fact these groups were very much engaged with the naval and industrial development, politics, and trade of European Christendom. Beginning in 1578 with a major Moroccan victory over a Portuguese invading army, Matar surveys this early modern period, in which Europeans and Arabs often shared common political, commercial, and military goals. Matar concentrates on how Muslim captives, ransomers, traders, envoys, travelers, and rulers pursued those goals while transmitting to the nonprint cultures of North Africa their knowledge of the peoples and societies of Spain, France, Britain, Holland, Italy, and Malta. From the first non-European description of Queen Elizabeth I to early accounts of Florence and Pisa in Arabic, from Tunisian descriptions of the Morisco expulsion in 1609 to the letters of a Moroccan Armenian ambassador in London, the translations of the book's second half draw on the popular and elite sources that were available to Arabs in the early modern period. Letters from male and female captives in Europe, chronicles of European naval attacks and the taqayid (newspaper) reports on Muslim resistance, and descriptions of opera and quinine appear here in English for the first time. Matar notes that the Arabs of the Maghrib and the Mashriq were eager to engage Christendom, despite wars and rivalries, and hoped to establish routes of trade and alliances through treaties and royal marriages. However, the rise of an intolerant and exclusionary Christianity and the explosion of European military technology brought these advances to an end. In conclusion, Matar details the decline of Arab-Islamic power and the rise of Britain and France.

Europe Through Arab Eyes, 1578-1727 Reviews

This book fills a huge gap in our understanding of the history of that period. Times Higher Education Supplement An excellent example of the creative use of source material... Highly recommended. Choice Europe Through Arab Eyes offers a tantalizing glimpse into a rich and diverse corpus of early modern Arabic-language accounts of Europe and the Mediterranean world. -- Ellen R. Welch Journal of World History Europe Through Arab Eyes is a landmark in the study of the exchanges between Christendom and Islam in the early modern period. -- Abdul-Karim Rafeq Historian These evocative and provocative translations from an important moment in the history of Arab-Islamic and European relations will enable increasingly finegrained comparisons. Matar continues to challenge and reshape early modern studies. -- Claire Schen Journal of British Studies In this erudite and beautifully written book, Nabil Matar tells an untold story about Christian-Muslim relations in the early modern period. Often suppressed or ignored by historians, this period comes to life in Matar's text as a dynamic stage of cultural and political exchanges between Europe and the Muslim world. -- Tarek El-Ariss Seventeenth Century News

About Nabil Matar

Nabil Matar is professor of English at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of a trilogy on Britain and the Islamic Mediterranean: Islam in Britain, 1578-1685; Turks, Moors, and Englishmen in the Age of Discovery; and Britain and Barbary, 1589-1689. He is also author and translator of In the Lands of the Christians.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments A Note on Transliteration Chronology List of Rulers Part I Introduction 1. Popular Sources: Accounts of Muslim Captivity in Christendom 2. Elite Sources: Muslim Ambassadors in Christendom Conclusion: Encountering the Dunya of the Christians Part II. Translations 1. 1578: Letters of Radwan al- Janawy on Muslim Captives 2. After 1588: Description of the Defeat of the Armada 3. ca. 1589-1591: A Journey from Morocco to Istanbul and Back 4. After June 1596: Description of the En glish Attack on Cadiz 5. 1613-1618: Description of Pisa and Florence 6. 1623: Expulsion of the Moriscos and the Miraculous Ransoming of Muslim Captives 7. 1633-1635: Letters from Tunis by Osman/Thomas d'Arcos, a Convert to Islam 8. 1635: Letter About Muslim Captives Converted to Christianity 9. 1635: Expulsion of the Moriscos 10. 1642: Description of the World 11a. Before 1688: Christian Attack on Jarbah (Tunisia) in 1510 11b. 1685: Bombardment of Tripoli, Libya, by the French Fleet, 12. 1681-1691: Battle Accounts 13. 1590-1654: Euro-Tunisian Piracy 14. Before September 2, 1706: Letter of Mulay Isma'il to the English Parliament 15. November 1, 1707: Letter from a Captive in France 16a. 1713: Letters of Bentura de Zari, Moroccan Ambassador Under House Arrest in London 16b. January 12, 1717: Letter of Mulay Isma'il to Philip V 17. 1726-1727: On Quinine 18. Mid-eighteenth century: Captivity in Malta 19. 1782: Muhammad ibn 'Uthman al- Miknasi. Falling in Love in Naples 20. 1798: Letter from a Female Captive in Malta Notes Bibliography Index

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Europe Through Arab Eyes, 1578-1727 by Nabil Matar
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