Aleppo Observed: Ottoman Syria Through the Eyes of Two Scottish Doctors, Alexander and Patrick…

Hardcover | October 23, 2010

byMaurits van den Boogert

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The Natural History of Aleppo, published first as a single volume in 1756 and as a two-volume edition in 1794, by Scottish physicians to the British Levant Company in Aleppo, Alexander and Patrick Aleppo was a landmark in European knowledge of the Arab world. It was the first detailed studyby a European of an Arab city, with a description of the topography, the inhabitants and the plant, and animal life in the neighbourhood. Maurits van den Boogert assesses the Russells' botanical and zoological discoveries and analyses the Natural History in the context of medical practices of thetime both in Europe and the Ottoman Empire. He reconstructs their stay in Aleppo, their life in Britain, Patrick Russell's experiences in India, and their broader connections as respected members of the Royal Society, with the world of learning at large.

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The Natural History of Aleppo, published first as a single volume in 1756 and as a two-volume edition in 1794, by Scottish physicians to the British Levant Company in Aleppo, Alexander and Patrick Aleppo was a landmark in European knowledge of the Arab world. It was the first detailed studyby a European of an Arab city, with a descrip...

Dr van den Boogert has written extensively on Ottoman relations with the West in the pre-modern period, and is attached to the School of History at Leiden University. He is the academic project manager for the third edition of The Encycolpaedia of Islam at Brill Academic Publishers in Leiden.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:160 pagesPublished:October 23, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199588562

ISBN - 13:9780199588565

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Alexander and Patrick Russell1. Alexander Russell2. Patrick RussellPart II: Aleppo3. The City of Aleppo4. Natural History5. Medicine6. Ottoman Society and Arab CultureConclusionAppendix: Patrick Russell's Translations of Additional Nights