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Mediterranean Captivity through Arab Eyes: 1517-1798

Thursday, April 11, 2019 @ 4:00PM

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.


“Mediterranean Captivity through Arab Eyes: 1517-1798”
Presented by Professor of English, Nabil Matar

April 11 | Walter Library, Room 101
 4:00 p.m.  Presentation
 4:45 p.m.  Q&A
 5:00 p.m.  Reception

This event is free and open to the public. Registration requested. 

Walter Library

  • 117 Pleasant Street SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455

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