By Jacob Rama Berman
American Arabesque examines representations of Arabs, Islam and the close to East in nineteenth-century American tradition, arguing that those representations play an important function within the improvement of yank nationwide id over the century, revealing principally unexplored exchanges among those cultural traditions that may regulate how we comprehend them this present day.
Moving from the interval of America’s engagement within the Barbary Wars throughout the Holy Land shuttle mania within the years of Jacksonian growth and into the writings of romantics corresponding to Edgar Allen Poe, the e-book argues that not just have been Arabs and Muslims prominently featured in nineteenth-century literature, yet that the diversities writers proven among figures similar to Moors, Bedouins, Turks and Orientals supply facts of the transnational scope of household racial politics. Drawing on either English and Arabic language assets, Berman contends that the fluidity and instability of the time period Arab because it looks in captivity narratives, commute narratives, ingenious literature, and ethnic literature concurrently instantiate and undermine definitions of the yankee country and American citizenship.
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American Arabesque: Arabs and Islam in the Nineteenth Century Imaginary by Jacob Rama Berman