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Title: Ambassadors' Travels from the East to Venice
Authors: Pedani, Maria Pia
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Padova, Studio Editoriale Gordini
Abstract: Since the 19th century scholars have been interested in the history of European ambassadors' mission in far off countries. However, there were also other diplomatic envoys, sent by Islamic rulers to Europe. Many of them reached Italy and above all Venice, a city which had contacts with the other side of the Mediterranean Sea from the very beginning of its story. Between the Middle Ages and the Modern Age most of these Muslim ambassadors arrived from the Ottoman Empire (from both the capital city and the provinces of Rumelia,) but others were sent by the Mamluks of Egypt, the Kara Koyonlus, the Safavids of Persia, the Kipchaks of Crimea, the Hafsids of Tunis and the Karamanlis of Tripoli. They did not leave reports of their missions, since in the Islamic world these papers made their appearance a little later (from the 18th century onwards) but documents still exist about them and their travels. Using documentary evidence, the author studies which kinds of persons were chosen as envoys, why they were sent and which route they followed to reach their destination.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11707/1953
Appears in Collections:Annali di Ca' Foscari. Serie orientale

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