Colloquium in Middle East History

Tourist,Pilgrim, Soldier, Spy: Travel and Travel-Writing in the Middle East and Mediterranean

This seminar explores the rise of travel and travel-writing in the Mediterranean and Middle East between 1000-1800 and the role Muslim, Christian, and Jewish travelers played in fostering trade and cultural exchange and shaping views of the "other." Readings will consist of a wide variety of travel narratives in translation as well as scholarly books and articles. Topics include: pilgrims, missionaries, and itinerant scholars; crusaders and mercenaries; captives and corsairs; genres of Arabic, Turkish, and European-language travel narratives; geography and ethnography. 

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
Nau Hall - South Lawn
Charlottesville, VA 22904


(434) 924-7147
(434) 924-7891
M-F 8am to 4:30pm
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