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Looking East: English Writing and the Ottoman Empire Before 1800 Hardcover – 15 Oct 2007

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'Looking East sweeps aside the distortions of centuries of national history to reveal how our identity has been shaped by the myriad contacts between Britons and Ottomans' - Dr Caroline Finkel, author of Osman's Dream: A History of the Ottoman Empire
'Looking East
is a major contribution to the scholarship on English- and Scottish- interaction with the Ottoman world. The picture Gerald MacLean presents is far more complex and interesting than the somewhat simplistic image of East-West relations usually given by Edward Said and his followers. Instead of the old model of a straightforward binary dualism, MacLean has followed in the footsteps of Nabil Matar to present a Mediterranean world where what he calls 'mutuality, dialogue and reciprocity' predominate and where a significant number of Englishmen Turn'd Turk. This scholarly, surprising, erudite and quizzically humourous book looks set to change the way we think about early British interaction with the Muslim world.' - William Dalrymple, author of In Xanadu and From the Holy Mountain

'succinct and accessible…Maclean continues to alert us to fascinating materials in the archive.' – Ros Ballaster, Review of English Studies

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Orientalism 19 Jan. 2013
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Looking East provides scholars with in-depth ways in which the English perceived the Ottoman Empire from 1500-1800, at a point during which the Ottomans were a major military, economic, and political power. Maclean exposes the sexual and moral tropes that peppered English writing about the Ottoman Empire and demonstrates the fact that many Christians became Muslims in order to take part in the economic opportunities that many could not attain in the British homeland.
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