Exploring the West: Three Travel Narratives: Comprising Images of the West, The Adventures of Itesamuddin; Westward Bound, The Travels of Mirza Abu Taleb; Seamless Boundaries, Lutfullah's Narrative Beyond East and West

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This omnibus presents a unique perspective of travel writing by Indians describing Europe during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This completely unexplored theme provides the missing link in the east-west paradigm. Whereas the other aspect of the western perspective on Indian civilization has been studied for quite sometime, the descriptions of this omnibus invert this image and show Europe in the eyes of the Indian traveller during the arrival of modernity in the subcontinent.

It comprises:
Westward Bound: Travels of Mirza Abu Taleb: Describes of the Mirza who travelled to England during 1799-1803. Greatly impressed by late eighteenth century England, he also records his impressions of France, Genoa, Malta, Turkey, and Baghdad.

Seamless Boundaries: Lutfullah's Narrative beyond East and West: Lutfullah's narrative which includes his visit to England in 1844, provides an understanding of events, people, and their culture beyond mere east-west dichotomies.

Travels of Itisamuddin: An account of the travels of Itisamuddin to France and England in 1765. He describes Nantes in France, and London, Oxford and Scotland with details of everyday life of people.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198063117
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/9/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 830
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mushirul Hasan is a Padma Shri and Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Mushirul Hasan
I. Westward Bound: Travels of Mirza Abu Taleb
Editor's Introduction
Translator's Preface, Introduction
Travels of Mirza Abu Taleb Khan — Chapters I to XXXVI
Appendix A to D

II. Seamless Boundaries: Lutfullah's Narrative beyond East and West
Editor's Introduction
Letter from Author to the Editor
Autobiography of Lutfullah — Chapters I to XIV
III. Travels of Itisamuddin
Translator's Preface
Travels of Mirza Itisamuddin — Chapters I to XVI
Introduction by Mushirul Hasan;

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