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An Early Modern Dialogue with Islam: Antonio de Sosa's Topography of Algiers (1612)
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An Early Modern Dialogue with Islam: Antonio de Sosa's Topography of Algiers (1612) (Paperback)

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An Early Modern Dialogue with Islam: Antonio de Sosa's Topography of Algiers (1612) makes available in translation a riveting sixteenth-century chronicle of European and North African cultural contacts that is virtually unknown to English-speaking readers. The Topography was written by a Portuguese cleric, Doctor Antonio de Sosa, who was captured by Algerian corsairs in 1577 and held as a Barbary slave for over four years while awaiting ransom. Sosa's work is a fascinating description of a city at the crossroads of civilizations, with a sophisticated multilingual population of Turks, Arabs, Moriscos, Berbers, Jews, Christian captives, and converts to Islam from across the world.

History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly modern history: c 1450-1500 to c 1700History & PoliticsRegional & national historyAfrican historyHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyMiddle Eastern historyTravel & MapsTravel writingClassic travel writing Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press Publication Date: 15/04/2011 ISBN-13: 9780268029784  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Diana de Armas Wilson is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Denver.

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