An Imam in Paris: Account of a Stay in France by an Egyptian by Daniel L. Newman

By Daniel L. Newman

Within the 1820s, Rifa‘a Rafi‘ al-Tahtawi, a tender Muslim cleric, used to be a number one member of the 1st Egyptian academic undertaking to Paris, the place he remained for 5 years, documenting his observations of eu tradition. His account, Takhlis al-Ibriz fi Talkhis Bariz, is without doubt one of the earliest and such a lot influential documents of the Muslim come across with Enlightenment-era eu notion, introducing principles of modernity to his fatherland. as well as its old and literary worth, al-Tahtawi’s paintings bargains beneficial perception into early conceptions of Europe and the ‘Other’. Its observations are as brilliant and palpable at the present time as they have been over a hundred and fifty years in the past; informative and infrequently acute, to funny influence. An irrefutable vintage, this new version of the 1st English translation is of seminal worth. it truly is brought and thoroughly annotated through a pupil fluent within the existence, instances and milieu of its narrator.
‘An Imam in Paris we could us percentage the responses of a very smart pupil ... Daniel L. Newman is to be congratulated on making the 1st translation into English of this amazing booklet, and on aiding the textual content with a firstclass creation and with footnotes which are as complete as you'll wish.’ instances Literary Supplement  ‘A touchstone for considering the tangled relatives among Islam and modernity’ Jewish Quarterly  ‘[A] high quality translation ... broadly and meticulously notated’ The overseas heritage Review



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Welcker, Zoega’s Leben. G. Cotta’schen Buchhandlung, 1819), 426–427. , ii, 441. , ii, 433. , on some points, Z. A. Wolf, whose Prolegomena, however, had not yet at that time been published”. See also Welcker’s note to his publication of Zoëga’s “Homer”, in Zoegas Abhandlungen, 306–315: 315, referring to his opinions on Homer as early as 1779. 17 D. Picchi, Alle origini dell’Egittologia. Le antichità egiziane di Bologna e di Venezia da un inedito di Georg Zoëga, (Imola: La Mandragora, 2010). Georg Koës and Zoëga ’ s Manuscripts 21 ­ aterial in private and public collections within the Italian states.

Koës’ detailed registration fills about 60 4to pages. It is written in Danish, in ‘gothic cursive’ (except quotations in Italian of Zoëga’s own words, and bibliographical references in Latin). Zoëga was according to reports, and as exemplified by his manuscripts, extremely well organized in his scholarly work, and there is no reason to imagine that Koës substantially rearranged Zoëga’s manuscripts: Thorvaldsen would not have rearranged anything, and no one else had had an opportunity to interfere with the contents of the sealed chest since 10 February, 1809.

Like the above-mentioned cup, the plaster casts do not appear in any of the accounts of the estate. This is surprising in view of the large number of casts, many of which are of a considerable size. As has recently been convincingly suggested,22 the first group of casts must have been made between 1788 and 1789; that is between the time when Pope Pius vi suggested that Zoëga should write the history of the obelisks and the erection of the first of the obelisks represented. They could in other words very well have been made as studyobjects for Zoëga; a theory supported by the fact that few of the casts appear in other collections.

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