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 position within the improvement of yank nationwide identification over the century, revealing principally unexplored exchanges among those cultural traditions that might regulate how we comprehend them this 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 resembling Edgar Allen Poe, the publication argues that not just have been Arabs and Muslims prominently featured in nineteenth-century literature, yet that the variations writers tested among figures reminiscent of Moors, Bedouins, Turks and Orientals offer evidence of the transnational scope of household racial politics. Drawing on either English and Arabic language resources, Berman contends that the fluidity and instability of the time period Arab because it seems to be in captivity narratives, shuttle narratives, creative literature, and ethnic literature concurrently instantiate and undermine definitions of the yank state and American citizenship.
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3 Stories of American bondage in North Africa exploited the language of freedom that had inspired the American Revolution. But these stories also challenged the meaning of that freedom and, by extension, critiqued the presence of slavery in the United States. In other words, Barbary contact narratives exposed new citizens to literary images of bondage that resonated both with the unifying rhetoric of Revolution and with the divisive rhetoric of abolition. Of course, in Barbary, the roles of African slave and white American were reversed.
S. diplomats and Algerian government officials. S. consul to Tripoli, and it was in that capacity that he suggested Hamet Karamanelli to General William Eaton as an “instrument” (Eaton’s turn of phrase) that 36 The Barbarous Voice of Democracy America could utilize in its 1801–1805 War with Tripoli. S. diplomat. Immigrant, citizen, war veteran, slave, diplomat, avowed patriot, and inveterate critic of a nation he served in the Atlantic, in the Mediterranean, and on the Mississippi River, Cathcart left a body of writing filled with opinions that were largely ignored by his more influential contemporaries.
Diplomat. Immigrant, citizen, war veteran, slave, diplomat, avowed patriot, and inveterate critic of a nation he served in the Atlantic, in the Mediterranean, and on the Mississippi River, Cathcart left a body of writing filled with opinions that were largely ignored by his more influential contemporaries. This writing includes a closet Barbary captivity narrative published over a hundred years after its completion, diplomatic correspondences regarding the War with Tripoli that were more often than not dismissed as filled with prejudiced advice, and a government-sponsored survey of the Louisiana Territory that was promptly lost for close to half a century.
American Arabesque: Arabs and Islam in the Nineteenth Century Imaginary by Jacob Rama Berman