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Hermes, The [European] Other

 
Hermes, Nizar F. The [European] Other in Medieval Arabic Literature and Culture: Ninth-Twelfth Century AD. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
 
“Contrary to the monolithic impression left by postcolonial theories of Orientalism, the book makes the case that Orientals did not exist solely to be gazed at. Exploring a cross-section of 9th to the 12th century, non-religious Arabic prose and poetic texts such as the geo-cosmographical literature, récits de voyages, diplomatic memoirs, captivity narratives, pre-Crusade and Crusade poetry, Nizar F. Hermes shows that there was no shortage of medieval Muslims who cast curious eyes and minds towards the European Other and that more than a handful of them were textually and physically interested in Europe.”
 
NIZAR F. HERMES received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto, Canada. Currently a Lecturer in Arabic in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, he previously was a Lecturer of Arabic Studies at the University of Toronto. He has published journal articles and creative pieces in English and Arabic.
 
Table of Contents
Introduction: Be(yond)fore Orientalism: Medieval Muslims and the Other
Translation, Travel, and the Other: the Fascination with Greek and Oriental Cultures
European Barbarity and Civilization in some Medieval Arabic Geographical Sources: Al-Masʿudi and al-Bakri as Two Case Studies
Writing the North: Europe and Europeans in Medieval Arabic Travel Literature
Poetry, Frontiers, and Alterity: Views and Perceptions of al-Rum (Byzantines) and al-Ifranja (Crusaders)
Conclusion
Appendix of Translated Poetry
Notes
Bibliography
Index