Other Routes: 1500 Years of African and Asian Travel Writing

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Tabish Khair, Martin Leer, Justin D. Edwards, Hanna Ziadeh
Indiana University Press, 2005 - Travel - 421 pages
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... brings new insights into the colonial relationship while challenging the unspoken temptation that this was a distinctly European period." --Simon Gikandi

Other Routes collects important primary work by travel writers from Asia and Africa in English translation. An introduction by Tabish Khair discusses travel literature as a genre, the perception of travel and writing about travel as a European privilege, and the emergence of new writings that show that travel has been a human occupation that crosses time and culture. This original and significant book will interest armchair travelers and others in views of people and places away from the European traveler's gaze.

Selections include "The Travels of a Japanese Monk" (c. 838), "Al-Abdari, the Disgruntled Traveller" (c. 1290), "A Korean Official's Account of China" (1488), "The Poetry of Basho's Road" (1689), "Malabari: A Love-Hate Affair with the British" (1890).

 

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Contents

Foreword by Amitav Ghosh i
1
Note on the Process of Editing
28
The Travels of a Japanese Monk c 838
42
The Haj and Other Journeys of ibnjubayr b 1145
54
The Pilgrimages of Lady Nijo b 1271 11
71
AlBurunis Defence of Hindu India 1030 AD
78
The Horizons of alIdrisi in the Eleventh Century
85
Two Chinese Accounts of the Early Mongols 1221 and 1237
102
Equianos Voyage to Slavery and Freedom 1789
191
Dean Mahomed Writes from the Centre c 1793
201
African Muslim Slave Narratives of the Nineteenth Century
214
The Diary of Queen Emma of Hawaii b 1836
237
The Shah of Iran in European Corridors 1873
245
An AfricanArab Princess in Europe 1881
261
A Merchant of Baghdad Reports on a Viking Funeral AD 922
274
Ibn Battuta World Traveller b 1304
289

A Chinese Account of the Lost City of Angkor 1297
112
Navigating with ibn Majid floreat 1460
119
The Voyages of a Corsair c 1526
127
The Memoirs of a Syrian PrincePolymath b 1273
146
The Accidental Travels of a Korean Official 1488 7 55
155
The Travel Memoirs of Babur b 1482
162
The European Diaries of Uruch Beg b 1560
173
CONTENTS
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The Travel Diaries of XuXiake 1623
184
The Poetry of Bashos Road 1689
306
An Indian Aristocrat in Africa and Europe 1803
327
Moroccan Ambassador to Europe 1860
348
A LoveHate Affair with the British 1890
366
Notes
383
Select Bibliography
403
Index
417
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About the author (2005)

Tabish Khair teaches at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

Justin D. Edwards is an associate professor at Copenhagen University, Denmark.

Martin Leer is an associate professor at Copenhagen University, Denmark.

Hanna Ziadeh is a Lebanese writer and translator who lives in Denmark.

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