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Aleppo Observed: Ottoman Syria Through the Eyes of Two Scottish Doctors, Alexander and Patrick Russell

ISBN : 9780199588565

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¥25,102
Author: 
Maurits Van Den Boogert
Pages
160 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
251 x 328 mm
Pub date
Sep 2010
Series
Studies in the Arcadian Library
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The Natural History of Aleppo, published first as a single volume in 1756 and as a two-volume edition in 1794, by Scottish physicians to the British Levant Company in Aleppo, Alexander and Patrick Russell, was a landmark in European knowledge of the Arab world. It was the first detailed study by a European of an Arab city, with a description of the topography, the inhabitants and the plant, and animal life in the neighbourhood. Maurits van den Boogert assesses the Russells' botanical and zoological discoveries and analyses the Natural History in the context of medical practices of the time both in Europe and the Ottoman Empire. He reconstructs their stay in Aleppo, their life in Britain, Patrick Russell's experiences in India, and their broader connections, as respected members of the Royal Society, with the world of learning at large.

Index: 

PART I: ALEXANDER AND PATRICK RUSSELL
PART II: ALEPPO

About the author: 

Maurits H. van den Boogert (PhD, Leiden 2001) studied Arabic at Leiden. He is the author of The Capitulations and the Ottoman Legal System (2005) and has (co-)edited four volumes, including The Republic of Letters and the Levant (2005with Alastair Hamilton and Bart Westerweek), and The Ottoman Capitulations: Text and Context (2003with Kate Fleet). Van den Boogert, who works as a publisher for Brill, is guest lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for Islamic Studies (LUCIS) and at Leidens School for History. He is also the Managing Editor of the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient.

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