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Title: Maḥāmid al-Faransīs wa-waṣf Bārīs by Ya'qūb Ṣanū. : A Guide of Paris for Tourists Coming from Orient
Authors: Dorigo, Rosella
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Padova, Studio Editoriale Gordini
Abstract: The Egyptian Jewish Ya'qūb Ṣanū wrote Maḥāmid al-Faransīs wa-waṣf Bārīs during his exile in Paris (1872-1911) at the behest of his friend, M. Felumb, a Norwegian journalist who had been living in Paris for a long time. This small book, written after the Universal exhibition in 1889 in the form of a clear guide for a six-day stay in less than fifty pages, was intended to introduce "Oriental" people to the geography, history and arts of France and to attract Arab visitors to Paris. The text, in literary Arabic, is enriched by illustrations of the most important monuments of Paris, all accompanied by explanations in Arabic. This book can be considered an attempt at creating a cross-cultural dialogue between Europe and the Arab World. Its structure, language and content could offer an idea of what may be deemed an early example of a new kind of Arabic travel literature at the end of the 19th century.
Appears in Collections:Annali di Ca' Foscari. Serie orientale

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