By Nabil Matar

This publication presents translated decisions from the writings of Muhammad Ibn Othman al-Miknasi (d. 1799). the one writings through an Arab-Muslim within the pre-modern interval that current a comparative viewpoint, his travelogues offer certain perception with in to Christendom and Islam.
Translating excerpts from his 3 travelogues, this ebook tells the tale of al-Miknasi’s travels from 1779-1788. As an envoy, al-Miknasi was once aware of court docket lifestyles, executive workplaces and non secular constructions, and he offers distinctive bills of towns, humans, customs, ransom negotiations, ancient occasions and political associations. together with descriptions of Europeans, Arabs, Turks, Christians (both ecu and Eastern), Muslims, Jews, and (American) Indians within the final region of the eighteenth century, An Arab Ambassador within the Mediterranean international explores how the main travelled Muslim author of the pre-modern interval observed the area: from Spain to Arabia and from Morocco to Turkey, with second-hand information regarding the recent World.
Supplemented with huge notes detailing the ancient and political relevance of the translations, this e-book is of curiosity to researchers and students of Mediterranean historical past, Ottoman reports and Muslim-Christian kinfolk.

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