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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (25 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231141947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231141949
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"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" (01/01/0001)

"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" (01/01/0001)

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" (01/01/0001)

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" (01/01/0001)

"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" (01/01/0001)

"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" (01/01/0001)

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" (01/01/0001)

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" (01/01/0001)

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" (01/01/0001)

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" (01/01/0001)

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 the Author

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.


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Another excellent work by Nabil Matar

Well researched and highly commendable effort. Part I is an introduction, general description of the background, and discussion of the available records of Muslim captives and travellers in Europe. There is a fascinating account about the diplomatic missions from the Middle East and North Africa to European kingdoms.

Ahmad Ibn Qasim Al-Hajari, a Morisco refugee born in Grenada in 1570 under Spanish rule, well educated in Islamic studies and versed in the Bible and Christian theology, who was kicked out in the mass expulsion of Muslims by the Spanish inquisition under Philip III in 1609, travelled to Morocco and ended up being recruited by Moluay Ismael, the Sultan of Morocco at the time, as his Ambassador to Amsterdam due to his knowledge and linguistic skills being fluent in Spanish. He travelled to Holland to take up his post. His description of his travels and interaction with people including catholics, protestants, woman, nuns, nobles and all people of all walks of life is mesmerising and very interesting.

The escape story of Amir Fakhuldin Al-Ma'ani from Lebanon to Italy and his description of Florence is intriguing and charming.
The reports of the Moroccan Ambassador to Britain in 1681-83, Muhammed Ibn Haddo Al-Attar, is another captivating account.

Part II is the English translation of various accounts of intolerance and abuse recorded from various letters and sources. The issues of converts and ransom of abducted prisoners feature repeatedly.

At the beginning of modernity, Muslims may well have believed that some kind of modus vivendi would prevail in the Mediterranean between them and the Euro-Christians.
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