on 28 June 1999
This is one of the best books I have read over the years. Prof. Matar produced not only a scholarly book but also an enjoyable reading, turning historical and literary narratives and details into a masterpeice.
Prof. Matar is well-versed with all kinds of literary discourses expressing popular images of Turks and Islam among public in the 16th and 17th centuries. This book fills a huge gap in the oriental studies taking readers back to a date when there was no colonialism. Unlike E. Said, Prof. Matar shows that the image Islam and especially Turks as "others" and construction of public imagination of remote cultures have not been always hostile.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in the construction of national and religious imagery in history.