Piracy, Slavery and Redemption
Barbary Captivity Narratives from Early Modern England
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Piracy, Slavery and Redemption by Daniel J. Vitkus
Book DescriptionThese narratives recount the harrowing experiences of Englishmen abducted by the Barbary pirates of North Africa. After being sold into slavery, the narrators succeeded in returning to their homeland where their stories were printed. Never before available in a modern, annotated edition, these tales describe combat at sea, extraordinary escapes, and religious conversion, but they also illustrate the power, prosperity, and piety of Muslims in the early modern Mediterranean. Each narrative is preceded by a brief introduction, and Nabil Matar's genera introduction provides important new information about the historical context of captivity and slavery in North Africa.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780231119054
(228mm x 150mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 26-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Daniel J. Vitkus
Three Turk Plays from Early Modern England, Paperback (December 1999)» View all books by Daniel J. Vitkus
Presents a collection of three "Turk" plays namely "Selimus, Emperor of the Turks"; "A Christian Turned Turk"; and "The Renegado". It represents Islamic power and wealth in scenes of piracy on the high seas, on-stage execution by strangulation, and rites of religious conversion. It is useful for understanding the English identity.
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Author Biography - Daniel J. Vitkus
Daniel Vitkus is assistant professor of English at Florida State University. He is the editor of Three Turk Plays from Early Modern England (Columbia, 2000).
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