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The [European] Other in Medieval Arabic Literature and Culture: Ninth-Twelfth Century AD

Nizar F. Hermes
Format
Book
Published
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Edition
1st paperback ed
Language
English
Series
The New Middle Ages
New Middle Ages (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm))
New Middle Ages
ISBN
9781349292134, 9780230109407, 0230109403
Summary
Contrary to the monolithic impression left by postcolonial theories of Orientalism, the book makes the case that Orientals did not exist solely to be gazed at. Exploring a cross-section of 9th through 12th centuries, non-religious Arabic prose and poetic texts such as the geo-cosmographical literature, récits de voyages, diplomatic memoirs, captivity narratives, pre-Crusade and Crusade poetry, Nizar F. Hermes shows that there was no shortage of medieval Muslims who cast curious eyes and minds towards the European Other and that more than a handful of them were textually and physically interested in Europe.--
Contents
  • Translation, Travel, and the Other : the Fascination with Greek and Oriental Cultures
  • European Barbarity and Civilization in some Medieval Arabic Geographical Sources : Al-Masudi and al-Bakri as Two Case Studies
  • Writing the North : Europe and Europeans in Medieval Arabic Travel Literature
  • Poetry, Frontiers, and Alterity : Views and Perceptions of al-Rum (Byzantines) and al-Ifranja (Crusaders)
  • Appendix of Translated Poetry.
Description
xiv, 241 pages ; 23 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Technical Details
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