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In the Lands of the Christians: Arabic Travel Writing in the Seventeenth Centuryby Nabil Matar
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"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 careful descriptions of the regions, societies, customs, and religions these intrepid travelers encountered in their journeys. Here you will find the complete travel narrative of the first Arab to visit South and Central America in 1688, the first English translation of the ambassadorial report by Mohammad bin Abd al-Wahab al-Ghassani who traveled through Spain in 1690, translations of letters by the Morrocan ambassador to France describing his relationship with his hosts and his impressions of the land, and Morisco author Ahmad bin Qasim's account of his voyage from Holland to France in 1610.
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Euro-Christians were not the only tourists and world travellers during the 17th century, says Matar (English, Florida Institute of Technology). After an introduction to Ottoman travel and knowledge about the world, he selects and translates accounts of journeys through France and Holland, Europe and South America, Spain, and France. Names and places are indexed. Distributed in the US by Taylor and Francis.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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