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Author Khazindar, Mona, author.

Title Visions from abroad : historical and contemporary representations of Arabia / Mona Khazindar ; introduction by Philippe Cardinal ; [translations, Johanna Kreiner and Sara Heft].

Publication Info. Milano, Italy : Skira, 2019.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    915.3 KHA    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description 262 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 29 cm
text txt rdacontent
still image sti rdacontent
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volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 260-262).
Language Translated from the French.
Summary Arabia was certainly the most mysterious country in the world during the historical era, an impenetrable and unknowable realm capable of stimulating the imagination and indeed the wildest fancies of the European intellectual elite. While the Hejaz region, where the two holy cities of Islamic Mecca and Medina are located, is still simply off-limits to non-Moslems, the rest of this vast land was at least as inaccessible and dangerous with its terrible deserts populated by Bedouins, whose reputation was enough to discourage the most fearless traveller. A small handful did, however, risk their lives to journey through Arabia and return with the rare texts and images that form the subject of this publication. These works, or rather the most captivating and successful of them in historical, anthropological and aesthetic terms, are gathered together in 'Visions from Abroad. Historical and Contemporary Representations of Arabia' and presented in a dozen thematic chapters. The book constitutes the first world view of Arabia as seen by authors and artists with the common characteristic of being born outside the peninsula. Drawing on both European and Arab sources, it presents images as well as the writings of historians and geographers, such as Ibn Battuta from the Maghreb and the no less renowned Ibn Jubayr from Andalusia, as well as travellers' accounts of pilgrimages.
Subject Arabian Peninsula -- Description and travel.
Arabian Peninsula -- Description and travel -- Pictorial works.
Added Author Cardinal, Philippe, author of introduction.
Kreiner, Johanna, translator.
Heft, Sara, translator.
Added Title Arabie dans le regard du monde. English
ISBN 9788857239460 (hardcover)
8857239462 (hardcover)

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