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The Rise of Oriental Travel: English Visitors to the Ottoman Empire, 1580-1720

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"The Rise of Oriental Travel is a beautifully written monograph on the attitudes which sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Westerners revealed as they explored the Ottoman Empire. Its strength lies in its ability to evoke with deft touches and telling anecdotes the social climate in which the four texts arose....As a study of the flawed prisms through which the English writers saw their hosts, it also makes us wonder to what degree our own view of Islam may be diffracted." Antoine Laurent, The Times Literary Supplement (read the entire Times Literary Supplement review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The Rise of Oriental Travel follows four seventeenth-century Englishmen on their journeys around the Ottoman Empire while it was still expanding westward and the British were, for the first time in history, becoming important players in the Mediterranean. Contrary to the hostile declamations of Protestant preachers, they all found much to admire, from the multi-culturalism of the Ottoman system to the food, weather and styles of life. This book shows that hostility between East and West is neither historical or inevitable, but rather the result of selective memory.

Review:

"This is a fascinating and stimulating book, written with enthusiasm, skill, and an appealing sense of human sympathy." Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph

Review:

"A panoply of characters, attitudes, and experiences parades before our eyes...MacLean's scintillating interpretation of these travel narratives is the next best thing to time travel." Srinivas Aravamudan, Duke University

Review:

"A stunning achievement....The best sort of travel book: History, politics, travel's pleasures and pains come vividly alive." Professor Ali Tablit, University of Algiers

About the Author

Gerald MacLean is Professor of English, Wayne State University and Visiting Professor, Bosphorus University, Istanbul, and the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter.

Table of Contents

Contents * Dedication * Prologue * Preface * Acknowledgements * List of Illustrations * Part I: Dallam's Organ: By Sea to Constantinople, 1599 * Thomas Dallam * On First Setting Out * Mediterranean Encounters * Istanbul * Part II: Biddulp's Ministry: Travels Around Aleppo, 1600-12 * William Biddulph's Anxiety of Authorship * Preacher Among the Diplomats * Troublesome Travelling Churchmen * Journey to Aleppo * Biddulph's Lessons from Aleppo * Journey to Jerusalem * Part III: Blount's Voyage: The Ottoman Levant, 1634-36 * Sir Henry Blount, 1602-1682 * On Becoming a Passenger * The Sinews of Empire: Venice to Istanbul * Ottoman Egypt: African Empire in Ruins * Part IV: "T.S." in Captivity: North African Slavery, 1648-70 * T.S.'s Adventures and Restoration England * Captive Agency * For the Vainglory of Being a "Traveller" * Slavery in Algiers * On Tour With the Ottoman Army * Tlemcen: Life in a Desert City * Epilogue: What About the Women, Then? * The Strange Case of Anne, Lady Glover * Notes * Bibliography * Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780333973646
Subtitle:
English Visitors to the Ottoman Empire, 1580-1720
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Author:
MacLean, Gerald M.
Author:
MacLean, Gerald
Location:
New York
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Middle East - Turkey
Subject:
Turkey
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
European/English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no F25
Publication Date:
20040612
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Product details 288 pages Palgrave MacMillan - English 9780333973646 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "The Rise of Oriental Travel is a beautifully written monograph on the attitudes which sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Westerners revealed as they explored the Ottoman Empire. Its strength lies in its ability to evoke with deft touches and telling anecdotes the social climate in which the four texts arose....As a study of the flawed prisms through which the English writers saw their hosts, it also makes us wonder to what degree our own view of Islam may be diffracted." (read the entire Times Literary Supplement review)
"Review" by , "This is a fascinating and stimulating book, written with enthusiasm, skill, and an appealing sense of human sympathy."
"Review" by , "A panoply of characters, attitudes, and experiences parades before our eyes...MacLean's scintillating interpretation of these travel narratives is the next best thing to time travel."
"Review" by , "A stunning achievement....The best sort of travel book: History, politics, travel's pleasures and pains come vividly alive."
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