Dolce Far Niente In Arabia: Georg August Wallin And His Travels In The 1840s by Patricia BergDolce Far Niente In Arabia: Georg August Wallin And His Travels In The 1840s by Patricia Berg

Dolce Far Niente In Arabia: Georg August Wallin And His Travels In The 1840s

byPatricia Berg, Sofia Häggman, Kaj Öhrnberg

Paperback | November 7, 2014

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In the 1840s the Finnish orientalist Georg August Wallin traveled in the Middle East, where he collected material on Arabic dialects. Considered an eminent scholar by his contemporaries, he died an untimely death shortly after his seven-year journey and was therefore able to publish only a fraction of his material. Gathering together what we know of Wallin’s work, the scholars in this book tell the fascinating story of his life and travels in Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula, and Persia.
           
In order to make contact with local inhabitants, Wallin assumed a Muslim identity and disguised himself as the physician ‘Abd al-Wali from Central Asia. Inquisitive and sharp-eyed, he was able to document daily life among the urban dwellers of Cairo and the Bedouin of the northern Arabian Peninsula, preserving his unique material in letters and diaries written in his native language—Swedish—but, interestingly, sometimes rendered in the Arabic alphabet. Recounting his adventures through the ancient and holy lands of the Middle East, the authors here also highlight Wallin’s importance as a pathbreaking ethnographer and linguistic researcher. 
Patricia Berg is an Egyptologist at the University of Helsinki, where Kaj Öhrnberg is an Arabist, Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila is professor of Arabic and Islamic studies, and Heikki Palva is professor emeritus of Arabic language and Islamic studies. Sofia Häggman is the curator of the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities in St...
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Title:Dolce Far Niente In Arabia: Georg August Wallin And His Travels In The 1840sFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.25 × 5 × 0.5 inPublished:November 7, 2014Publisher:Museum Tusculanum PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:8763543044

ISBN - 13:9788763543040

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Table of Contents

Heikki Palva
Foreword
 
Patricia Berg
Georg August Wallin – A Finnish sailor stranded on the Arabian Peninsula
Finland and Helsinki during the early decades of the nineteenth century
Family and youth
Student years in Helsinki in the 1830s
Further study of Oriental languages and dissertation for the docentship
The travel scholarship application and the research journey
After the research journey
G.A. Wallin, Letter
 
Sofia Häggman
Wallin’s Egypt - Quite like home
Alexandria – the encounter with the Orient
Cairo – an oriental home
To Barraniya and Tanta – a summer in the country
The Nile journey – the encounter with the Pharaonic
The last winter in Cairo
G.A. Wallin, Diary
 
Kaj Öhrenberg
The terra incognita of Arabia
Philology – the Queen of the nineteenth century sciences
The Romantic traveler
The first journey into the desert
The second journey into the desert
The third journey into the desert
Back to Europe and plans for a new journey to Arabia
Epilogue: Empire and geography intertwined
G.A. Wallin, Letter
 
Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila
Georg August Wallin and Persia
A country in turmoil
Wallin and the Persian language
Constantly comparing Persians with Arabs
Wallin and Persian literature
Results from the visit to Persia
G.A. Wallin, Letter
 
Notes
Bibliography
Picture Sources
Contributors
Index