Europe Through Arab Eyes, 1578-1727 (2020)

Europe Through Arab Eyes Traveling to archives in Tunisia Morocco France and England with visits to Egypt Jordan Lebanon and Spain Nabil Matar assembles a rare history of Europe s rise to power as seen through the eye
  • Title: Europe Through Arab Eyes, 1578-1727
  • Author: Nabil Matar
  • ISBN: 9780231141949
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Europe Through Arab Eyes, 1578-1727
    Traveling to archives in Tunisia, Morocco, France, and England, with visits to Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Spain, Nabil Matar assembles a rare history of Europe s rise to power as seen through the eyes of those who were later subjugated by it Many historians of the Middle East believe Arabs and Muslims had no interest in Europe during this period of Western discovery andTraveling to archives in Tunisia, Morocco, France, and England, with visits to Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Spain, Nabil Matar assembles a rare history of Europe s rise to power as seen through the eyes of those who were later subjugated by it Many historians of the Middle East believe Arabs and Muslims had no interest in Europe during this period of Western discovery and empire, but in fact these groups were very much engaged with the naval and industrial development, politics, and trade of European Christendom.Beginning in 1578 with a major Moroccan victory over a Portuguese invading army, Matar surveys this early modern period, in which Europeans and Arabs often shared common political, commercial, and military goals Matar concentrates on how Muslim captives, ransomers, traders, envoys, travelers, and rulers pursued those goals while transmitting to the nonprint cultures of North Africa their knowledge of the peoples and societies of Spain, France, Britain, Holland, Italy, and Malta From the first non European description of Queen Elizabeth I to early accounts of Florence and Pisa in Arabic, from Tunisian descriptions of the Morisco expulsion in 1609 to the letters of a Moroccan Armenian ambassador in London, the translations of the book s second half draw on the popular and elite sources that were available to Arabs in the early modern period Letters from male and female captives in Europe, chronicles of European naval attacks and the taqayid newspaper reports on Muslim resistance, and descriptions of opera and quinine appear here in English for the first time.Matar notes that the Arabs of the Maghrib and the Mashriq were eager to engage Christendom, despite wars and rivalries, and hoped to establish routes of trade and alliances through treaties and royal marriages However, the rise of an intolerant and exclusionary Christianity and the explosion of European military technology brought these advances to an end In conclusion, Matar details the decline of Arab Islamic power and the rise of Britain and France.
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    One Reply to “Europe Through Arab Eyes, 1578-1727”

    1. Though I didn t read the second half of the book primary texts , I was glad they were included for people who studied the period Matar was very even handed showing both the cruelty and kindness of Europeans at different points and the strengths and weaknesses of the Arab cultures Particularly, Matar discusses the attitude of the Arabs towards European technological development They invoked the pride of being the keepers of the Arabic legacy of the Qur an Since that legacy never declined, neither [...]

    2. Very interesting account about the Crusades from famous Arab historians.I have learned that propaganda existed in a funny way already in that time, like Crusaders were recruited with picture showing an Arab striking the Messiah, Christ face with blood, and they would say this is the Messiah, struck by Mahomet the prophet os the Muslims, who has wounded and killed Him that reminded me of the WMD of Iraq You learn how Arab see Europe and that their values are different, moral values seemed import [...]

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