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College of Liberal Arts Presents

Mediterranean Captivity through Arab Eyes: 1517-1798

10/21/19, 4:00 PM

About this event

Piracy and captivity were banes of the early modern Mediterranean basin. Thousands of men and women and children were enslaved, bought and sold, ransomed or escaped. However, all the stories of these captives have been told from European and Turkish sources, even though from Syria to Morocco, the language of large numbers of captives was Arabic. This talk will explore Arabic sources and tell the stories of an Iraqi family that was captured by Maltese pirates and of a Moroccan woman whose piety empowered her to liberate coreligionists from her home in Fez.

Presented by Nabil Matar, Professor of English and Samuel Russell Chair in the Humanities

4:00pm Lecture | Reception to follow
Walter Library, Room 101
This event is free and open to the public

Registration Requested


The Samuel Russell chair is made possible through a generous gift from Jim and Teddy Gesell in honor of their fathers.

Event Location
  • Walter Library
  • 117 Pleasant Street SE
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA - United States