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Journeys to the other shore : Muslim and Western travelers in search of knowledge

Author: Roxanne Leslie Euben
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. ; Woodstock : Princeton University Press, 2008.
Series: Princeton studies in Muslim politics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First paperback printingView all editions and formats
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"The contemporary world is increasingly defined by dizzying flows of people and ideas. But while Western travel is associated with a pioneering spirit of discovery, the dominant image of Muslim mobility is the jihadi who travels not to learn but to destroy. Journeys to the Other Shore challenges these stereotypes by charting the common ways in which Muslim and Western travelers negotiate the dislocation of travel to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roxanne Leslie Euben
ISBN: 9780691138404 0691138400
OCLC Number: 228573720
Notes: Originally published: 2006.
Description: xii, 313 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Chapter 1. Frontiers: walls and windows-some reflections on travel narratives --
Chapter 2. Traveling theorists and translating practices --
Theory and theôria --
"Seeing the entire world as a foreign land" --
Exposures and closures --
Islam, travel, and talab al-ʻilm --
The double-edged nature of travel --
Travel as translation --
Chapter 3. Liars, travelers, theorists-Herodotus and Ibn Battuta --
Herodotus --
Ibn Battuta --
Conclusion --
Chapter 4. Travel in search of practical wisdom: the modern theôriai of al-Tahtawi and Tocqueville --
Authorizing autopsy --
Travels across time and space --
Multiple mediations --
Conclusion --
Chapter 5. Gender, genre, and travel: Montesquieu and Sayyida Salme --
Montesquieu's Persian letters --
Sayyida Salme's memoirs --
Conclusion --
Chapter 6. Cosmopolitanisms past and present, Islamic and Western.
Series Title: Princeton studies in Muslim politics.
Responsibility: Roxanne L. Euben.

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