Coronavirus (Covid-19): Latest updates and information
Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Week 10. "Orient" and "Occident": Travel Between Christian and Islamic Lands

Core Readings

Nabil Matar, In the Lands of the Christians: Arabic Travel Writing in the 17th Century (New York and London: Routledge, 2003), 'Introduction: Arab Travelers and Early Modern Europeans', pp. xiv-xlviii. Link.

Alison Games, The Web of Empire: English Cosmopolitans in an Age of Expansion, 1560-1660 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), Ch. 2: 'The Mediterranean Origins of the British Empire', pp. 47-80. Link.

Nizar F. Hermes, The [European] Other in Medieval Arabic Literature and Culture: Ninth-Twelfth Century AD (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 1-10. Link.

Primary sources (select at least one of the following)

Evliya Çelebi, Robert Dankoff, and Kim Sooyong (eds.), An Ottoman Traveller: Selections from the Book of Travels by Evliya Çelebi (London: Eland, 2010). Read one of the Volumes (e.g. Volume 3, pp. 86-111.) Link.

Nabil Matar, In the Lands of the Christians: Arabic Travel Writing in the 17th Century (New York and London: Routledge, 2003), Ch. 1 (France and Holland, by Ahmad bin Qasim), pp. 54-93. Link.

Nabil Matar, Europe Through Arab Eyes, 1578–1727 (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009), Ch. 3 (A Journey from Morocco to Istanbul and Back, by Muhammad al-Tamjruti), pp. 147-158. Link.

Samuel Purchas, Hakluytus Posthumus or, Purchas his Pilgrimes: Contayning a History of the World in Sea Voyages and Lande Travells by Englishmen and Others [4 Vols. London: 1625] (20 Vols. London: 1906). Browse the contents and read one of the accounts in Volume 8 or Volume 9. [Or see the original on Google Books].

Further Readings

Aune, M.G., 'Review: Early Modern European Travel Writing after Orientalism', Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies 5.2 (2005), pp. 120-138.

Bisaha, Nancy, Creating East and West: Renaissance Humanists and the Ottoman Turks (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004). Link.

Dankoff, Robert, An Ottoman Mentality: The World of Evliya Çelebi (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2004). Link.

Davis, Natalie Zemon, Trickster Travels: a Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds (London: Faber and Faber, 2007).

Ezzahidi, Malika, 'Quarantine in Ceuta and Malta in the Travel Writings of the Late Eighteenth-century Moroccan Ambassador Ibn Uthmân Al-Meknassî', in: John Chircop and Francisco Javier Martínez (eds.), Mediterranean Quarantines, 1750–1914: Space, Identity and Power (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018), pp. 109-124. Link.

Faruqhi, Suraiya, Travel and Artisans in the Ottoman Empire: Employment and Mobility in the Early Modern Era (London: I.B. Tauris, 2014). Link.

Fisher, Michael H., Visions of Mughal India: an Anthology of European Travel Writing (London: I.B. Tauris, 2007).

Holmberg, Eva Johanna, Jews in the Early Modern English imagination: a Scattered Nation (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011).

Holmberg, Eva Johanna, 'In the company of Franks: British identifications in the Early Modern Levant c.1600', Studies in Travel Writing 16.4 (2012), pp. 363-374. Link.

Kamps, Ivo, and Jyotsna G. Singh (eds.), Travel Knowledge: European "Discoveries" in the Early Modern Period (New York: Palgrave, 2001).

Karim, Karim H., and Mahmoud Eid (eds.), Re-Imagining the Other: Culture, Media, and Western-Muslim Intersections (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014). Link.

Landry, Donna, 'Evliya Çelebi, Explorer on Horseback: Knowledge Gathering by a Seventeenth-Century Ottoman', in: Adriana Craciun and Mary Terrall (eds.), Curious Encounters: Voyaging, Collecting, and Making Knowledge in the Long Eighteenth Century (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019), pp. 43-70. Link.

Lowe, Kate, 'Representing' Africa: Ambassadors and Princes from Christian Africa to Renaissance Italy and Portugal, 1402-1608', Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 6th ser. 17 (2007), pp. 101-128. Link.

MacLean, Gerald M., The Rise of Oriental Travel: English Visitors to the Ottoman Empire, 1580–1720 (Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan, 2004). Link.

MacLean, Gerald, Looking East: English Writing and the Ottoman Empire before 1800 (Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007). Link.

Matar, Nabil, An Arab Ambassador in the Mediterranean World The Travels of Muhammad ibn ‘Uthmān al-Miknāsī, 1779-1788 (London: Routledge, 2015). Link.

Matar, Nabil,Europe Through Arab Eyes, 1578–1727 (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009).Link.

McJannet, Linda, 'Purchas His Pruning: Refashioning the Ottomans in Seventeenth-Century Travel Narratives', Huntington Library Quarterly 74.2 (2011), pp. 219-242. Link.

Meserve, Margaret, Empires of Islam in Renaissance Historical Thought (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008). Link.

Roddan, Hector, ''Orientalism is a Partisan Book': Applying Edward Said's Insights to Early Modern Travel Writing', History Compass 14.4 (2016), pp. 168-188. Link.

Said, Edward W., Orientalism (New York: Routledge, 1978; 2nd ed. 2003).

Schleck, Julia, Telling True Tales of Islamic Lands: Forms of Mediation in English Travel Writing, 1575-1630 (Selingrove: Susquehanna University Press, 2010). Link.

Singh, Jyotsna G. (ed.), A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). Link.

Subrahmanyam, Sanjay, Europe's India: Words, People, Empires, 1500-1800 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017). Link.

Zhiri, Oumelbanine, 'Leo Africanus and the Limits of Translation', in: Carmine G.Di Biase (ed.), Travel and Translation in the Early Modern Period (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2006), pp. 175-186. Link.

Christian-Muslim Exchange. Oxford Bibliographies. By Eric Dursteler.