Pashas: Traders and Travellers in the Islamic World

Mather, James

Verlag: Yale University Press, 2009
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Inhaltsangabe: Long before they came as occupiers, the British were drawn to the Middle East by the fabled riches of its trade and the enlightened tolerance of its people. The Pashas, merchants and travellers from Europe, discovered an Islamic world that was alluring, dynamic, and diverse. Ranging across two and a half centuries and through the great cities of Istanbul, Aleppo, and Alexandria, James Mather tells the forgotten story of the men of the Levant Company who sought their fortunes in the Ottoman Empire. Their trade brought to the region not only merchants but also ambassadors and envoys, pilgrims and chaplains, families and servants, aristocratic tourists and roving antiquarians. Unlike the nabobs who gathered their fortunes in Bengal, they both respected and learned from the culture they encountered, and their lives provide a fascinating insight into the meeting of East and West before the age of European imperialism. Intriguing, intimate, and original, 'Pashas' brings to life an extraordinary tale of faraway visitors beguiled by a mysterious world of Islam.

Rezension: 'An arresting and timely addition ... The Levant Company has found a worthy historian at last.' --Colin Thubron, Author of 'Shadow of the Silk Road'

'A most impressive book ... a major historical work, which also conveys a brave, powerful and hopeful contemporary message.' --David Cannadine

'A fascinating account of how global exchanges were developed ... In these pessimistic times, this book is a ray of hope.'
--Amir Taheri, Author of 'The Persian Night'

"Vivid and well-written." --Linda Colley, Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year, 27th November 2009

`A blindingly good debut from a young barrister-historian about the history of the British Levant Company in the Ottoman Empire."
--Guardian, 19th December 2009

`Mather has written an impressively researched, imposing yet affectionate history.' --Barnaby Rogerson, Independent, 22nd January 2010

`Vivid and well-written.'
--Linda Colley, Times Literary Supplement, 27th November 2009

`...[a] wonderful book...the importance of this excellent and balanced study cannot be underestimated.'
--William Dalrymple, The Observer, 31st January 2010

`I find it hard to believe that this is [Mather's] first work. I pray it will not be his last.'
--Stephen Pound, Tribune, 12th February 2010

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Verlag: Yale University Press
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