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Immigration History Research Center Presents

Global REM: Nabil Matar, "Land of the White Palace: American through Arab Eyes before WWI"

3/1/17, 12:00 PM

About this event

"Land of the White Palace: American through Arab Eyes before WWI."

The paper focuses on the writings of the first Arab immigrants and visitors to the United States and their description of the ethnic groups they encountered and the challenges they faced in regard to their identity and to the role of women.

Nabil Matar is Presidential Professor Presidential in the President’s Interdisciplinary Initiative on Arts and Humanities at the University of Minnesota. His home is in the English Department but he also teaches in the History Department and the Religious Studies Program. He received his BA and MA from the American University of Beirut, and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He taught in Jordan and Lebanon before moving to the United States in 1986.

He is author of many books including the trilogy: Islam in Britain, 1558-1685 (Cambridge UP, 1998), Turks, Moors and Englishmen in the Age of Discovery (Columbia UP, 1999), and Britain and Barbary, 1589-1689 (UP of Florida, 2005). His second trilogy is on Arabs and Europeans in the early modern Mediterranean World: In the Lands of the Christians (Routledge, 2003), Europe through Arab Eyes, 1578-1727 (Columbia UP, 2009); and A Moroccan Ambassador in the Mediterranean, abridged, translated, and introduced (Routledge, 2015).  He is currently working on a book about “Religious Encounters in the Euro-Arab Mediterranean, 1517-1798.”

He has been a recipient of grants from the British Council, Fulbright, the British Academy, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and NEH. In 2011, he was chosen Scholar of the College in the College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, and on 28 March 2012, he received the “Building Bridges” award at the University of Cambridge.
Event Location
  • Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 308
  • 222 21st Ave S
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA