Western Travellers in the Islamic World Online

Western Travellers in the Islamic World Online
Advisor: Maurits van den Boogert

Accounts of travel are a popular and accessible source for research on historical relations between “East” and “West” and are attractive for specialists and non-specialists alike. In the pre-modern period a large number of such accounts were published all over Europe. Predominantly covering the Ottoman Empire, the collection also stretches into Ethiopia, Central Asia, Afghanistan, North Africa, and of course Iran.

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Western Travellers in the Islamic World Online

These texts document the political, diplomatic, commercial, and cultural relations between the Islamic world and the West in the pre-modern period. Some focus on military conflicts, others on peaceful contacts, but all allow us to reconstruct the shifting images and biases in the West, concerning Muslims and the Islamic world, that are still relevant today.

Well known works include those by Ogier Ghislain de Busbecq (1520/1-1592); Pietro della Valle (1586-1652); J.B. Tavernier (1605-1689); Jean de Thevenot (1633-1667); John Chardin (1643-1713); Cornelis de Bruyn (le Brun; 1652-1726); J.P. de Tournefort (1656-1708); Richard Pococke (1704-1765); James Bruce (1730-1794); and Carsten Niebuhr (1733-1815).

Less often quoted, but equally interesting are the accounts of Palestine of Jewish travellers in the fifteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth century; Chandler's Travels in Asia Minor; B.E.A. Rottiers, Itin´raire de Tiflis à Constantinople; and Adolphus Slade's Records of Travel, and several accounts of travel to Afghanistan, Kurdistan, and Central Asia.

This first part of this collection contains titles previously published in other collections (Early Western Books, Travels, Armenian Sources).
Location of originals

Various libraries a.o. National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg

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Western Travellers in the Islamic World Online, advisor: M. van den Boogert, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2006 <http://brc.brill.semcs.net/browse/western-travellers-in-the-islamic-world>