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Lecture: Dr. Nabil Matar, University of Minnesota

Mediterranean Microhistories: Arabs and Others in the Early Modern Period

Fri, October 2, 2009 | Texas Union Governor's Room (3.116)

2:00 PM

In this lecture, Professor Nabil Matar examines Arabic views of Europeans and other Muslims from the 1500s to the 1700s based on microhistorical material. Matar’s comparative approach to Arab views of Britons, French and Turks undermines fallacious arguments about structural and absolute Arab-Islamic polarization regarding other peoples of the early modern Mediterranean.

Nabil Matar is Professor of English at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Europe Through Arab Eyes 1528-1727, and a trilogy on Britain and the Islamic Mediterranean: Islam in Britan, 1578-1685; Turks, Moors, and Englishment in the Age of Discovery; and Britain and Barbary, 1589-1689. He is also author and translator of In the Lands of the Christians.


Sponsored by: Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Department of English, and the Program in Comparative Literature

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