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By Nabil Matar

This e-book presents translated choices from the writings of Muhammad Ibn Othman al-Miknasi (d. 1799). the single writings by way of an Arab-Muslim within the pre-modern interval that current a comparative point of view, his travelogues offer targeted 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 used to be aware about court docket existence, executive places of work and spiritual structures, and he presents designated bills of towns, humans, customs, ransom negotiations, historic occasions and political associations. together with descriptions of Europeans, Arabs, Turks, Christians (both eu and Eastern), Muslims, Jews, and (American) Indians within the final region of the eighteenth century, An Arab Ambassador within the Mediterranean global 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 hot World.
Supplemented with wide notes detailing the historical and political relevance of the translations, this e-book is of curiosity to researchers and students of Mediterranean heritage, Ottoman reports and Muslim-Christian family members.

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One of many manifestations of the urbanity of this urban: we entered sooner or later right into a huge construction for indigent orphaned women. The overseer met us with pleasure after which an previous lady who used to be accountable for the women confirmed us their sound asleep quarters in huge bedrooms, the place each one lady had a wood mattress, a foothold, a canopy and a pillow. Then she confirmed us the place they ate, and the ladies academics who prompt the aforementioned women of their crafts of weaving, knitting, embroidery, and cooking and different womanly abilities. She advised us that the despot was once financially accountable and every year gave garments to the ladies and paid the lecturers their wages. the ladies remained in that apartment till they bought married and none left till she had learnt a craft. From that craft she could pay her husband [dowry]. one other impressive factor we observed during this urban was once 3 brothers who have been deaf and mute, yet they can nonetheless write. i didn't think that they usually introduced them in entrance folks they usually wrote. via God, how remarkable. Anatomy category (244–245) one of many manifestations of the urbanity of this urban: I went right into a huge apartment the place boys got schooling. We gone through rooms in every one of which was once a instructor with boys who have been studying mathematics, astronomy, navigation and Latin, that's as very important as grammar for us. in addition they studied philosophy and medication and different matters. They have been very responsive to schooling. They confirmed us the library in their books. i used to be shocked via their association and orderliness. It used to be acknowledged that there have been 30,000 books they usually had spent round 12,000 riyals simply at the cabinets. those boys sleep of their mom and dad’ homes, the place additionally they devour and drink; during this construction, they simply obtain schooling. once we went right down to the reduce flooring, we discovered the lads as various as locust. They began screaming so I requested the translator what they have been announcing, and he responded that they have been asking me to implore their lecturers to ship them domestic. So we so requested the lecturers to do this they usually despatched them off for 3 days. 31 a rare factor I observed in that construction used to be a guy and a lady who had had the flesh faraway from their bones and then the veins have been reconstituted. The human gave the look of a web of veins. they'd got rid of the veins even from the intestines, after which laid them out, coiled as they have been within the stomach; so too their sexual components. in addition they got rid of the center and changed it with whatever just like it that used to be purple, after which they placed the [real] center within a box. the guy was once arrange on a slab of marble when they had glued his bones jointly, making him glance precisely as he used to be in existence. because the slab turned around, he circled. the lady and her fetus too had had the flesh got rid of and the veins reconstituted. “This is God's production – now exhibit Me what they created, these except Him! ” [Q 13:9]. The almighty acknowledged: “Will you no longer open your eyes? ” [Q 51:21]. Capuchin monastery (246–247) at some point, I entered an remoted church during which lived bearded clergymen who wore tough textile, referred to as Capuchin.

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