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American Arabesque: Arabs and Islam in the Nineteenth Century Imaginary

Jacob Rama Berman


This book examines representations of Arabs, Islam, and the Near East in nineteenth-century American culture, arguing that these representations play a significant role in the development of American national identity over the century, revealing largely unexplored exchanges between these two cultural traditions that will alter how we understand them today. Moving from the period of America's engagement in the Barbary Wars through the Holy Land travel mania in the years of Jacksonian expansion and into the writings of romantics such as Edgar Allan Poe, the book argues that not only were Arabs a ... More

Keywords: Arabs, Islam, Near East, nineteenth-century America, American culture, American national identity, captivity narratives, travel narratives, ethnic literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814789506
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814789506.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacob Rama Berman, author