An Imam in Paris : account of a stay in France by an Egyptian cleric (1826-1831) = (Takhlīṣ al-ibrīz fī talkhīṣ Bārīz aw al-dīwān al-nafīs bi-Īwān Bārīs)

Takhlīṣ al-ibrīz ilá talkhīṣ Bārīz. English
Ṭahṭāwī, Rifāʻah Rāfiʻ, 1801-1873

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  • Creator by Rifāʻa Rāfiʻ al-Ṭahṭāwī ; introduced and translated by Daniel L. Newman
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication London : Saqi, 2004.
  • Physical Details
    • 405 pages ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9780863563461, 0863563465
  • OCLC ocm50269772


  • "In the 1820s Rifaà al-Tahtawi, a young Muslim cleric, was a leading member of the first Egyptian educational mission to Paris, where he remained for five years, compiling his observations of European culture for the benefit of his countrymen. His account, Takhlis al-Ibriz Talkhis Bariz, is one of the earliest records of the Muslim encounter with Enlightenment-era European ideals. Al-Tahtawi's book helped introduce ideas of modernity to his native land." "In addition to its historical and literary value, al-Tahtawi's work offers invaluable insight into early conceptions of Europe and the 'Other'. Its observations are as vibrant and palpable today as they were over 150 years ago, informative and often acute, to very humorous effect." "This translation is the first in English of this classic book. It is introduced and carefully annotated by a scholar fluent in the life, times and milieu of its narrator."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 374-398) and index.
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