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The New Middle Ages

The [European] Other in Medieval Arabic Literature and Culture

Ninth-Twelfth Century AD

Authors: Hermes, N.

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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. Hermes shows that there was no shortage of medieval Muslims who cast curious eyes towards the European Other and that more than a handful of them were interested in Europe.

About the authors

Nizar F. Hermes received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto. He has been a lecturer of Arabic Studies at the University of Toronto and published book chapters, journal articles, and creative pieces in English and Arabic.

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"In this important book, which is based on his PhD dissertation, Nizar Hermes explores the depiction of Europeans in medieval Arabic texts. In the process he draws attention to the corpus of works by writers from both the eastern and western Muslim world that describe Europe, and in doing so proposes a valuable re-assessment of what these works tell us about Muslim attitudes to Europe and its inhabitants during the period under discussion . . . This book will hence be invaluable to scholars, students and interested laypersons seeking to gain a better understanding of how Europe was seen from the Islamic world." - The Medieval Review

"A valuable and cogent review of what a number of medieval Arabic writers, in particular geographers, have said about medieval Europe and Europeans . . . Hermes has provided an extremely useful and readable survey addressing an important issue in the history of cultural contacts between Europe and the Arab world." - Speculum

"While previous research has tended to argue that Arabs basically took note of [Western] Europe only since the eighteenth century, the present study by Nizar F. Hennes, based on his Toronto doctoral dissertation, presents a wealth of different material that confirms in a variety of ways that Arab writers and scholars paid considerable attention to Europe already since the ninth century. Hermes does not intend to consider whether or how much Arabic culture might have influenced medieval European culture, which would be certainly a most intriguing topic as well; instead he makes wonderful and highly impressive efforts to determine what Arab scholars knew about Europe, as reflected by their chronicles, travelogues, and scientific work . . . Hermes's study represents a major step forward in our understanding of East-West communication already in the Middle Ages." - Mediaevistik: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Medieval


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: Be(Yond)Fore Orientalism; Medieval Muslims and the Other

    Hermes, Nizar F.

    Pages 1-10

  • Translation, Travel, and the Other: The Fascination with Greek and Oriental Cultures

    Hermes, Nizar F.

    Pages 11-37

  • European Barbarity and Civilization in Some Medieval Arabic Geographical Sources: Al-Masā€˜Udi and Al-Bakri as Two Case Studies

    Hermes, Nizar F.

    Pages 39-70

  • Writing the North: Europe and Europeans in Medieval Arabic Travel Literature

    Hermes, Nizar F.

    Pages 71-134

  • Poetry, Frontiers, and Alterity: Views and Perceptions of Al-Rum (Byzantines) and Al-Ifranja (Franks)

    Hermes, Nizar F.

    Pages 135-169

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The [European] Other in Medieval Arabic Literature and Culture
Book Subtitle
Ninth-Twelfth Century AD
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Nizar F. Hermes
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-08165-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137081650
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-10940-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-29213-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 241
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