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‘Permission to go and see the ancient city’: women travellers’ encounters with Islam in the nineteenth century

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posted on 2023-11-29, 16:11 authored by Anne-Marie BellerAnne-Marie Beller, Kerry FeatherstoneKerry Featherstone

This chapter analyses the travel accounts of four Victorian women, to assess the complexity of their responses to Islam, to Muslims, and to European colonial ideology. It is argued that these women offered British readers an alternative representation of Muslims to those dominant in popular culture of the time. Florentia Sale (1790-1853), Emily Eden (1797-1869), Lucie Duff Gordon (1863-1935) and Amelia B. Edwards (1831-92), in their travel accounts of Afghanistan, India and Egypt, included representations of Islam and the daily lives of Muslims in the countries through which they travelled. We evaluate the extent to which their own respective religious, ideological and social positions shaped the encounters about which they wrote. In doing so, the focus is on their responses to Muslim people and cultures in a bid to understand the contradictions and complexities of religious and racial prejudice, in a time of heightened imperial fervour in Britain.

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • English

Published in

Islam and Muslims in Victorian Britain: New Perspectives

Pages

90 - 114

Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Jamie Gilham and contributors

Publisher statement

This book chapter was accepted for publication in the book Islam and Muslims in Victorian Britain: New Perspectives. The published version is at: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/islam-and-muslims-in-victorian-britain-9781350299634/

Publication date

2023-12-14

Copyright date

2024

ISBN

9781350299634; 9781350299641; 9781350299658

Book series

Islam of the Global West

Language

  • en

Editor(s)

Jamie Gilham

Depositor

Dr Anne-Marie Beller. Deposit date: 24 March 2023

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