- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press (November 15, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0231110154
- ISBN-13: 978-0231110150
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,479,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Turks, Moors, and Englishmen in the Age of Discovery
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Matar (English, Florida Inst. of Technology) has written an interesting study of cultural contact between the English and the Moors and Turks of the 16th and 17th centuries and how this contact influenced subsequent English interactions with native peoples of the New World. Under Queen Elizabeth, the English forged a series of commercial and political understandings with the Islamic rulers of North Africa. Thousands of Englishmen served in the armies and navies of North Africa, and a high percentage of the infamous Barbary pirates were actually Englishmen operating in the service of or in alliance with local rulers. English views on the Moors and Turks and their "evil" customs were later transferred to the Native Americans. While North Africa attracted craftsmen and soldiers, the Americas were considered a fit dumping ground for England's vagrants and criminals. Matar's book will appeal to readers with an interest in European and Muslim interaction. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.ARobert James Andrews, Duluth P.L., MN
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A valuable contribution to the study of the rise of Orientalism and colonialism... perceptive and elegantly written. (Arab Studies Journal)
An important but neglected topic. Matar has done early modern scholarship an important service. (Sixteenth Century Journal)
Worth [its] weight in gold.... Matar's work adds to the discourse of both orientalism and post-colonialism by providing essential detailed historical analysis of primary sources.... Extremely informative and enlightening. (The Muslim World Book Review)
Matar's work is full of surprises for anyone who believes that Christian-Muslim relations have always been confrontational. (William Dalrymple New York Review of Books)
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I love history and don't encounter many books that even a layman would enjoy. That is not meant to sound condescending but it should be required reading in any college course.