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Published: 01 November 2017

256 Pages

9 x 6 inches

ISBN: 9781786940209

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Accidental Orientalists

Modern Italian Travelers in Ottoman Lands

Barbara Spackman

Liverpool University Press

Transnational Italian Cultures LUP

  • This is the first monograph in English to address Orientalism in the writings of Italian travellers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and to do against a backdrop of comparative reference to works in English and French that preceded or were contemporary to them
  • The book focuses on several key practices of "accidental" rather than "academic" Orientalists: conversion to Islam, cross-cultural cross-dressing, and passing and posing as Muslim in order to gain entry to Mecca
  • The book argues that the historical and cultural specificity of this strand of Italian Orientalism lies in the encounter of a weak national identity with the fluidity and contingency of identities in the late Ottoman world