Description - Piracy, Slavery, and Redemption by Daniel Vitkus
These 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 Matar's genera introduction provides important new information about the historical context of captivity and slavery in North Africa.
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Author Biography - Daniel Vitkus
Daniel J. Vitkus is assistant professor of English at Florida State University. He is editor of Three Turk Plays from Early Modern England and lives in Tallahassee, Florida. Nabil Matar is professor of English at the Florida Institute of Technology. He is author of Turks, Moors, and Englishmen in the Age of Discovery and lives in Melbourne, Florida.