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Published: 20 January 2020

354 Pages | 15 black and white figures/illustrations


ISBN: 9780198840336

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A Commerce of Knowledge

Trade, Religion, and Scholarship between England and the Ottoman Empire, 1600-1760

Simon Mills

  • Tells the story of three generations of Church of England chaplains who served the English Levant Company in Syria during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
  • Uses a reconstruction of their careers to investigate the links between English commercial and diplomatic expansion, and English scholarly and missionary interests
  • Develops a new account of Orientalism as an encounter between English scholarly travellers and their Ottoman interlocutors
  • Sets out new ways of thinking both about the early modern history of scholarship and the early modern history of trade
  • Demonstrates how what was once seen as an archetypally European discourse of 'Orientalism' was, in fact, much more dependent than is usually thought on the commercial, scribal, and scholarly practices of the Christian, Islamic, and Jewish communities of the Middle East

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