Turkey, Egypt, and Syria: A Travelogue


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Syracuse University Press
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Shibli Nu'mani (1857-1914) was an Indian educator, historian, and writer. His travelogue of the Ottoman Empire and Egypt, his critical studies of Urdu marsiyah poetry and Persian poetry, and his biographies of the Abbasid caliph al-Mamun, Nu'mani bin Sabit (Abu Hanifah), 'Umar ibn al-Khattab, Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, Jalal al-Din Rumi, and the Prophet Muhammad are considered classics in Urdu.

Gregory Maxwell Bruce was educated at the Unviersity of California, Santa Cruz and the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.


A work of surprising complexity. The detailed notes, the appendices, the multilingual and multinational research that the translator has done. . . . The results have made the translation far more usefully accessible than the plain text could ever have been, as a primary source for scholars of Middle Eastern intellectual and cultural history of the period.--Frances Pritchett, Professor Emerita, Columbia University
Nu'mani was one of India's most creative and enterprising intellectuals at the turn of the 20th century. His travelogue to the Ottoman lands, a classic of Urdu literature, is a riveting account of his experiences as he met a wide range of individuals, visited schools and libraries, and collected scholarly materials with enthusiasm. Bruce's lucid translation, supported by excellent notes and appendices, is without question a work that will at once inform and entertain.--Barbara D. Metcalf, Professor Emerita, University of California, Davis
Bruce achieved a masterful translation of an influential late 19th century Urdu text of Shibli Numani, his travel account of Turkey, Egypt and Syria in 1892. Readings an Indian Muslims proud observations of progress and reform in the ethnically mixed cities ruled by Ottoman Caliph Abdulhamid II will be essential to understand the late 19th century Pan-Islamism during an era of empire, race and geopolitics.--Cemil Aydin "University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill "