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The Resource Disorienting encounters : travels of a Moroccan scholar in France in 1845-1846 : the voyage of Muḥammad aṣ-Ṣaffār, translated and edited by Susan Gilson Miller

Disorienting encounters : travels of a Moroccan scholar in France in 1845-1846 : the voyage of Muḥammad aṣ-Ṣaffār, translated and edited by Susan Gilson Miller

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Disorienting encounters : travels of a Moroccan scholar in France in 1845-1846 : the voyage of Muḥammad aṣ-Ṣaffār
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Disorienting encounters
Title remainder
travels of a Moroccan scholar in France in 1845-1846 : the voyage of Muḥammad aṣ-Ṣaffār
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translated and edited by Susan Gilson Miller
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Travels of a Moroccan scholar in France in 1845-1846
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  • eng
  • ara
  • eng
Summary
In December of 1845, Muhammad as-Saffar was sent by the reigning Moroccan sultan on a special diplomatic mission to Paris. During the journey, as-Saffar took careful notes and upon his return he hurriedly wrote this travel account. Why was the sultan, descendent of the Prophet Muhammad, and head of a dynasty that had ruled Morocco for more than two hundred years, so eager to read this account? Perhaps he thought it would illuminate some troubling matters: how the French acquired their power and their mastery over nature how they led their daily lives, educated their children, treated their women and servants. In short, the sultan wanted to know the condition of French civilization and why it differed from his. As-Saffar provided the answers. Moreover, as we read the account, Muhammad as-Saffar comes alive for us. We see him reflecting on the beauty of women, contorting during his ritual ablutions, and suffering from boredom at endless dinners. His opinions and ideas infuse every page. For him the journey was more than a catalog of curiosities it was a transforming experience. Given our very limited knowledge of the time and the absence of other voices that speak with equal clarity, this travel account enlarges our understanding of the relationship between nineteenth-century Morocco and France.--
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autobiography
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Ṣaffār, Muḥammad
Dewey number
  • 914.4360463
  • 964.052-C
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  • illustrations
  • maps
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index present
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non fiction
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Miller, Susan Gilson
Series statement
Comparative studies on Muslim societies
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14
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  • Ṣaffār, Muḥammad
  • Travelers' writings, Arabic
  • Muslim travelers
  • Voyages and travels
  • Paris (France)
  • Paris (France)
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Disorienting encounters : travels of a Moroccan scholar in France in 1845-1846 : the voyage of Muḥammad aṣ-Ṣaffār, translated and edited by Susan Gilson Miller
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-233) and indexes
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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txt
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rdacontent.
Contents
1. Introduction ---- II. The text. 1. Prologue --- 2. Our journey by land from Marseille to Paris --- 3. The city of Paris --- 4. Their four food and customs at the table --- 5. Our stay in the city --- 6. Epilogue
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FIEb17787002
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xx, 244 pages
Isbn
9780520074613
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
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n
Other physical details
illustrations, 1 map
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(OCoLC)22906522
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Disorienting encounters : travels of a Moroccan scholar in France in 1845-1846 : the voyage of Muḥammad aṣ-Ṣaffār, translated and edited by Susan Gilson Miller
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-233) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
1. Introduction ---- II. The text. 1. Prologue --- 2. Our journey by land from Marseille to Paris --- 3. The city of Paris --- 4. Their four food and customs at the table --- 5. Our stay in the city --- 6. Epilogue
Control code
FIEb17787002
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xx, 244 pages
Isbn
9780520074613
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, 1 map
System control number
(OCoLC)22906522

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