Turkey, Egypt, and Syria: A Travelogue (Middle East Literature in Translation) (Paperback)

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Turkey, Egypt, and Syria: A Travelogue vividly captures the experiences of prominent Indian intellectual and scholar Shibli Nu'mani (1857-1914) as he journeyed across the Ottoman Empire and Egypt in 1892. A professor of Arabic and Persian at the Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental (MAO) College at Aligarh, Nu'mani took a six-month leave from teaching to travel to the Ottoman Empire in search of rare printed works and manuscripts to use as sources for a series of biographies on major figures in Islamic history. Along the way, he collected information on schools, curricula, publishers, and newspapers, presenting a unique portrait of imperial culture at a transformative moment in the history of the Middle East. Nu'mani records sketches and anecdotes that offer rare glimpses of intellectual networks, religious festivals, visual and literary culture, and everyday life in the Ottoman Empire and Egypt. First published in 1894, the travelogue has since become a classic of Urdu travel writing and has been immensely influential in the intellectual and political history of South Asia. This translation, the first into English, includes contemporary reviews of the travelogue, letters written by the author during his travels, and serialized newspaper reports about the journey, and is deeply enriched for readers and students by the translator's copious multilingual glosses and annotations. Nu'mani's chronicle offers unique insight into broader processes of historical change in this part of the world while also providing a rare glimpse of intellectual engagement and exchange across the porous borders of empire.

About the Author

Shibli Nu'mani (1857-1914) was an Indian educator, historian, and writer. His travelogue of the Ottoman Empire and Egypt, his critical studies of Urdu marsiyah poetry and Persian poetry, and his biographies of the Abbasid caliph al-Mamun, Nu'mani bin Sabit (Abu Hanifah), 'Umar ibn al-Khattab, Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, Jalal al-Din Rumi, and the Prophet Muhammad are considered classics in Urdu. Gregory Maxwell Bruce was educated at the Unviersity of California, Santa Cruz and the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780815636540
ISBN-10: 0815636547
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication Date: January 30th, 2020
Pages: 376
Language: English
Series: Middle East Literature in Translation