Sir Richard Burton's Travels in Arabia and Africa: Four Lectures from a Huntington Library Manuscript

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In 1866, while British Consul in Brazil, Sir Richard Burton delivered a series of lectures on his most daring and dramatic expeditions: his pilgrimages to Mecca and Medinah and his travels to East Africa. The first two lectures record the journey Burton made to Mecca and Medinah disguised as a Moslem pilgrim. The rites of pilgrimage, framed by the drama of Burton's disguise and its attendant dangers, are described in extensive and sympathetic detail. The accounts of the visits to Harar and Dahomey, which Burton undertook as a (not always official) representative of the British government, mix the perspectives of the traveler and the ethnographer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873281317
  • Publisher: Huntington Library Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1990
  • Series: Sir Richard Burton Series
  • Pages: 110
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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John Hayman is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Victoria and editor of John Ruskin: Letters from the Continent, 1858 and of Robert Brown and the Vancouver Island Exploring Expedition.
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Table of Contents

Lecture 1 The visitation at El Medinah 15
Lecture 2 The pilgrimage to Meccah 37
Lecture 3 Introduction 59
First footsteps in Eastern Africa 63
Lecture 4 Introduction 85
A mission to Dahome 89
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