Beyond Orientalism: Ahmad ibn Qasim al-Hajari between Europe and North Africa (Hardcover)

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Beyond Orientalism: Ahmad ibn Qasim al-Hajari between Europe and North Africa (Hardcover)

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The first in-depth study of the collaborative intellectual exchange between the European and the Arabic Republics of Letters.
 
Beyond Orientalism reformulates our understanding of the early modern Mediterranean through the remarkable life and career of Moroccan polymath Ahmad Ibn Qâsim al-Hajarî (ca. 1570-1641). By showing Hajarî’s active engagement with some of the most prominent European Orientalists of his time, Oumelbanine Zhiri makes the case for the existence of an Arabic Republic of Letters that operated in parallel to its European counterpart.
 
A major corrective to the long-held view of Orientalism that accords agency only to Europeans, Beyond Orientalism emphasizes the active role played by Hajarî and other “Orientals” inside and outside of Europe in some of the most significant intellectual movements of the age. Zhiri explores the multiple interactions between these two networks of intellectuals, decentering Europe to reveal how Hajarî worked collaboratively to circulate knowledge among Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
Oumelbanine Zhiri is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of California, San Diego. She has published books and articles on Leo Africanus and François Rabelais and on the cultural history of the connection between Europe and North Africa in the early modern period.
Product Details ISBN: 9780520390454
ISBN-10: 0520390458
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: September 5th, 2023
Pages: 322
Language: English