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Dolce Far Niente in Arabia: Georg August Wallin His Travels in the 1840s (Paperback)

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ISBN 10: 8763543044 / ISBN 13: 9788763543040
Published by Museum Tusculanum Press, Denmark, 2014
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Language: English . Brand New Book. In the 1840s the Finnish Orientalist Georg August Wallin travelled in the Middle East, where he collected material on Arabic dialects. In order to make contact with the local inhabitants he assumed a Muslim identity and disguised himself as the physician Abd al-Wali from Central Asia. As an observer he was both inquisitive and sharp-eyed, and therefore well able to document daily life among the urban dwellers of Cairo and the Bedouin of the northern Arabian Peninsula. His unique material is preserved in diaries and letters which he wrote in his native language, Swedish -- sometimes, however, with Arabic script to evade detection. By his contemporaries he was considered an eminent scholar, but he died shortly after his seven-year journey, and was therefore able to publish only a fraction of his material, which was subsequently obscured from the international research community by the language barrier. Wallins life and travels in Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula and Persia are described here by four scholars of Middle Eastern culture and history. They also highlight Wallins importance as an ethnographic observer and linguistic researcher. Bookseller Inventory # AAG9788763543040

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Title: Dolce Far Niente in Arabia: Georg August ...

Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press, Denmark

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

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In the 1840s the Finnish orientalist Georg August Wallin traveled in the Middle East, where he collected material on Arabic dialects. Considered an eminent scholar by his contemporaries, he died an untimely death shortly after his seven-year journey and was therefore able to publish only a fraction of his material. Gathering together what we know of Wallin’s work, the scholars in this book tell the fascinating story of his life and travels in Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula, and Persia.
           
In order to make contact with local inhabitants, Wallin assumed a Muslim identity and disguised himself as the physician ‘Abd al-Wali from Central Asia. Inquisitive and sharp-eyed, he was able to document daily life among the urban dwellers of Cairo and the Bedouin of the northern Arabian Peninsula, preserving his unique material in letters and diaries written in his native language—Swedish—but, interestingly, sometimes rendered in the Arabic alphabet. Recounting his adventures through the ancient and holy lands of the Middle East, the authors here also highlight Wallin’s importance as a pathbreaking ethnographer and linguistic researcher. 

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Patricia Berg is an Egyptologist at the University of Helsinki, where Kaj Öhrnberg is an Arabist, Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila is professor of Arabic and Islamic studies, and Heikki Palva is professor emeritus of Arabic language and Islamic studies. Sofia Häggman is the curator of the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm. 

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