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 viewpoint, his travelogues supply distinctive perception with in to Christendom and Islam.
Translating excerpts from his 3 travelogues, this publication tells the tale of al-Miknasi’s travels from 1779-1788. As an envoy, al-Miknasi was once aware of courtroom existence, executive workplaces and non secular structures, and he offers distinct debts of towns, humans, customs, ransom negotiations, ancient occasions and political associations. together with descriptions of Europeans, Arabs, Turks, Christians (both ecu and Eastern), Muslims, Jews, and (American) Indians within the final area 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 publication is of curiosity to researchers and students of Mediterranean background, Ottoman reports and Muslim-Christian relatives.

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Verses *Note: A list of abbreviations for the commentators cited in this work is to be found on pages lvii–lix. ARABIC TRANSLITERATION AND PRONUNCIATION Arabic sounds resemble corresponding English sounds unless otherwise noted. , iḥsān, not ʾiḥsān. An initial “discontinuous” hamzah or hamzat qaṭʿ (أ or إ) is always pronounced fully regardless of what precedes it, but a “connecting” hamzah or hamzat waṣl, usually represented by an alif (ا) at the start of a word but sometimes as an alif with a waṣlah sign (ٱ), is elided into the vowel that precedes it.

Plural sing. singular v. verse vv. verses *Note: A list of abbreviations for the commentators cited in this work is to be found on pages lvii–lix. ARABIC TRANSLITERATION AND PRONUNCIATION Arabic sounds resemble corresponding English sounds unless otherwise noted. , iḥsān, not ʾiḥsān. An initial “discontinuous” hamzah or hamzat qaṭʿ (أ or إ) is always pronounced fully regardless of what precedes it, but a “connecting” hamzah or hamzat waṣl, usually represented by an alif (ا) at the start of a word but sometimes as an alif with a waṣlah sign (ٱ), is elided into the vowel that precedes it.

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