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Author Ghazzāl, Aḥmad ibn al-Mahdī, -1777 or 1778, author

Title The fruits of the struggle in diplomacy and war : Moroccan ambassador al-Ghazzal and his diplomatic retinue in eighteenth-century Andalusia / by Aḥmad ibn al-Mahdī al-Ghazzāl ; edited with an introduction by Travis Landry ; translation by Abdulrahman al-Ruwaishan
Published Lanham, Maryland : Bucknell University Press, 2017


Description 1 online resource : illustrations, maps
Contents A Note on Translations; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Maps; Introduction; The Fruits of the Struggle in Diplomacy and War; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; About the Contributors
Summary "In 1766, the Moroccan ambassador Aḥmad ibn al-Mahdī al-Ghazzāl embarked on an unprecedented visit to Spain during a time of eased tensions between the two countries. The sultan Sidi Muḥammad ibn 'Abdallah wanted the return of Muslim prisoners and sacred Islamic texts, while the Spanish king hoped to improve trade and security across the Strait of Gibraltar. With royal welcome and escort, al-Ghazzāl traveled for several months in order to meet with Carlos III at his summer palace north of Madrid. There they negotiated a historic treaty, and then the Moroccan ambassador made his way back to Marrakesh, where the treaty was ratified in the presence of the Spanish ambassador Jorge Juan and hundreds of freed Muslim captives. In total, the trip lasted a year and covered more than fifty Spanish cities and towns. Most remarkable, however, is the fact that al-Ghazzāl's travelogue, in which he recorded the experience in great detail and moving prose, has been lost to history. This first full translation with critical introduction recovers his voice. It offers insight into the dawn of modern diplomacy and its overlap with literature; it looks at eighteenth-century Europe through Arab eyes; and, it explores the deep nostalgia that the Islamic past of Andalusia provoked for a Moroccan traveler who traced his family ties to exiles of the region. Finally, al-Ghazzāl's visit has further significance as the neglected backdrop to one of Spain's most canonical eighteenth-century works, the Moroccan Letters of José Cadalso. Thus, the world literature approach of the present introduction also reimagines the pluralism of Cadalso's "foreign gaze" through the encounters of the actual ambassador in his own words." -- Provided by the publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record and CIP data provided by publisher
Subject Ghazzāl, Aḥmad ibn al-Mahdī, -1777 or 1778 -- Travel -- Spain
Ghazzāl, Aḥmad ibn al-Mahdī, -1777 or 1778
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- International.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- International Relations -- General.
Spain -- Description and travel -- Early works to 1800
Genre/Form Early works
Form Electronic book
Author Landry, Travis, editor
LC no. 2016054016
ISBN 9781611488074
Other Titles Natāʼij al-iḥsān wa-manāhij al-ṣilāt al-ḥisān. English