Andre Du Ryer and Oriental Studies in Seventeenth-Century France

Hardcover | March 5, 2004

byAlastair Hamilton, Francis Richard

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Andre Du Ryer was French vice-consul in Egypt from 1623 to 1626, and both as adviser and interpreter to the French ambassador in Istanbul and ambassador extraordinary of the sultan to France in the early 1630s, he assembled a fine collection of Turkish, Persian, and Arabic manuscripts most ofwhich are now in the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. After reconstructing his diplomatic career and his life after his return to France in 1633, the authors assess Du Ryer's contribution to Turkish and Persian studies, his translation of the Quran both in France and in the countries where it wastranslated (England, Holland, and Germany), and his manuscript collection. Du Ryer is presented in the historical context of French diplomatic relations with the Ottoman Empire and in the context both of contemporary European orientalism and of the development of French literature in the reign of Louis XIII and the minority of Louis XIV. He emerges as an important andinfluential figure whose significance has never previously been appreciated.

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Andre Du Ryer was French vice-consul in Egypt from 1623 to 1626, and both as adviser and interpreter to the French ambassador in Istanbul and ambassador extraordinary of the sultan to France in the early 1630s, he assembled a fine collection of Turkish, Persian, and Arabic manuscripts most ofwhich are now in the Bibliotheque Nationale ...

Alastair Hamilton is Professor of the History of Ideas, Faculty of Letters (English Department) at the Univesity of Leiden. Francis Richard is Keeper of Persian Manuscripts at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 12.6 × 9.45 × 1.16 inPublished:March 5, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0197144020

ISBN - 13:9780197144022

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction1. Between Marcigny and Cairo2. The Turkish Language3. A Champion of Persian Literature4. Translator of the QuranAppendix One: Correspondence, appointments, safeconducts and attestationsAppendix Two: Du Ryer's prefaces and dedicatory epistlesAppendix Three: Du Ryer's reports and addressesAppendix Four: Du Ryer's manuscript collectionBibliographyIndex

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