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Author Green, Nile, author

Title The love of strangers : what six Muslim students learned in Jane Austen's London / Nile Green
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2016]


Description 1 online resource
Series Book collections on Project MUSE
Contents Introducing Mr. D'Arcy's Persians -- Knowledge -- In Search of a Teacher -- The Madrasas of Oxford -- Faith -- Among the Dissenters -- Evangelical Engagements -- Friendship -- Diplomatic Friendships -- The Love of Strangers -- Afterlives -- A Note on Sources and Method
Summary "In July 1815, six Iranian students arrived in London under the escort of their chaperone, Captain Joseph D'Arcy. Their mission was to master the modern sciences behind the rapid rise of Europe. Over the next four years, they lived both the low life and high life of Regency London, from being down and out after their abandonment by D'Arcy to charming their way into society and landing on the gossip pages. The Love of Strangers tells the story of their search for love and learning in Jane Austen's England. Drawing on the Persian diary of the student Mirza Salih and the letters of his companions, Nile Green vividly describes how these adaptable Muslim migrants learned to enjoy the opera and take the waters at Bath. But there was more than frivolity to their student years in London. Burdened with acquiring the technology to defend Iran against Russia, they talked their way into the observatories, hospitals, and steam-powered factories that placed England at the forefront of the scientific revolution. All the while, Salih dreamed of becoming the first Muslim to study at Oxford. The Love of Strangers chronicles the frustration and fellowship of six young men abroad to open a unique window onto the transformative encounter between an Evangelical England and an Islamic Iran at the dawn of the modern age. This is that rarest of books about the Middle East and the West: a story of friendships"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
Print version record
Subject Mohammed Saulih, Mirza -- Diaries
SUBJECT Mohammed Saulih, Mirza fast
Subject Iranians -- Travel -- England -- History -- 19th century
Muslims -- Travel -- England -- History -- 19th century
Students, Foreign -- England -- History -- 19th century
Friendship -- England -- History -- 19th century
East and West.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Great Britain.
HISTORY -- Social History.
HISTORY -- Expeditions & Discoveries.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Great Britain.
East and West
Ethnic relations
International relations
Manners and customs
Muslims -- Travel
Students, Foreign
SUBJECT London (England) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
England -- Ethnic relations -- History -- 19th century
England -- Relations -- Iran
Iran -- Relations -- England
Subject England
England -- London
Genre/Form Diaries
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2015008234
ISBN 9781400874132