Turks, Moors, and Englishmen in the Age of Discovery

Turks, Moors, and Englishmen in the Age of Discovery

by Nabil Matar
     
 

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Through trade, piracy, ambassadorial exchanges, friendship, and marriage, the Muslim was the most frequently encountered non-Christian from the Elizabethan until the early Stuart periods. Uncovering and analyzing hitherto unexamined sources -court depositions, English captives´ memoirs, Arabic chronicles, North African histories, and writi
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Through trade, piracy, ambassadorial exchanges, friendship, and marriage, the Muslim was the most frequently encountered non-Christian from the Elizabethan until the early Stuart periods. Uncovering and analyzing hitherto unexamined sources -court depositions, English captives´ memoirs, Arabic chronicles, North African histories, and writi

Editorial Reviews

Michael Neill
An exceptionally detailed account of the elaborate network of commercial, diplomatic, military contacts between Britons and Muslims in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Matar taps a rich vein of anecdotal material to make this history vivid and particular. This book will become required reading for anyone interested in the origins of empire, and in the associated discourses of commerce, colonisation, and race.
Sixteenth Century Journal
An important but neglected topic. Matar has done early modern scholarship an important service.
Muslim World Book Review
Worth [its] weight in gold. . . . Matar´s work adds to the discourse of both orientalism and post-colonialism by providing essential detailed historical analysis of primary sources. . . . Extremely informative and enlightening.
Library Journal
Matar (English, Florida Inst. of Technology) has written an interesting study of cultural contact between the English and the Moors and Turks of the 16th and 17th centuries and how this contact influenced subsequent English interactions with native peoples of the New World. Under Queen Elizabeth, the English forged a series of commercial and political understandings with the Islamic rulers of North Africa. Thousands of Englishmen served in the armies and navies of North Africa, and a high percentage of the infamous Barbary pirates were actually Englishmen operating in the service of or in alliance with local rulers. English views on the Moors and Turks and their "evil" customs were later transferred to the Native Americans. While North Africa attracted craftsmen and soldiers, the Americas were considered a fit dumping ground for England's vagrants and criminals. Matar's book will appeal to readers with an interest in European and Muslim interaction. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.--Robert James Andrews, Duluth P.L., MN Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Matar (English, Florida Institute of Technology) studies diverse primary sources to present a picture of relations between English and Muslim societies in the early modern period. He also analyzes how English perceptions of Muslims were transferred onto Native Americans and vice versa, forming a triangular relationship in the evolving English colonialist mentality. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Arab Studies Journal

A valuable contribution to the study of the rise of Orientalism and colonialism... perceptive and elegantly written.

The Muslim World Book Review

Worth [its] weight in gold.... Matar's work adds to the discourse of both orientalism and post-colonialism by providing essential detailed historical analysis of primary sources.... Extremely informative and enlightening.

New York Review of Books
Matar's work is full of surprises for anyone who believes that Christian-Muslim relations have always been confrontational.

— William Dalrymple

Sixteenth-Century Journal
An important but neglected topic. Matar has done early modern scholarship an important service.
New York Review of Books - William Dalrymple

Matar's work is full of surprises for anyone who believes that Christian-Muslim relations have always been confrontational.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231528542
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
07/24/2012
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
3 MB

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Michael Neill

An exceptionally detailed account of the elaborate network of commercial, diplomatic, military contacts between Britons and Muslims in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Matar taps a rich vein of anecdotal material to make this history vivid and particular. This book will become required reading for anyone interested in the origins of empire, and in the associated discourses of commerce, colonisation, and race.

Michael Neill, University of Auckland

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