Pascual de Gayangos: A Nineteenth-Century Spanish Arabist by Cristina Alvarez MillanPascual de Gayangos: A Nineteenth-Century Spanish Arabist by Cristina Alvarez Millan

Pascual de Gayangos: A Nineteenth-Century Spanish Arabist

EditorCristina Alvarez Millan, Claudia Heide

Hardcover | November 3, 2008

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Pascual de Gayangos (1809-97) celebrated Spanish Orientalist and polymath, is recognised as the father of the modern school of Arabic studies in Spain. He gave Islamic Spain its own voice, for the first time representing Spain's 'other' from 'within' not from without. This collection, thefirst major study of Gayangos, celebrates the 200th anniversary of his birth.Covering a wide range of subjects, it reflects the multiple fields in which Gayangos was involved: scholarship on the culture of Islamic and Christian Spain; history, literature, art; conservation and preservation ofnational heritage; formation of archives and collections; education; tourism; diplomacy and politics. Amalgamating and understanding Gayangos's multiple identities, it reinstates his importance for cultural life in nineteenth-century Spain, Britain and North America.It is also argued that Gayangos's scholarly achievements and his influence have a political dimension. His work must be seen inrelation to the quest for a national identity which marked the nineteenth century: what was the significance of Spain's Islamic past, and the Imperial Golden Age to the culture of modern Spain? The chapters, informed by post-colonial theory, reception theory and theories of national identity, uncover some of the complexities of the process that shaped Spain's national identity. In the course of this book, Gayangos is shown to be a figure with many facets and several intellectual lives:Arabist, historian, liberal, researcher, editor, numismatist, traveller, translator, diplomat, perhaps a spy, a generous collaborator and one of Spain's greatest bibliophiles.
Cristina Alvarez Millan is Research Fellow at the Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, Madrid. Claudia Heide is Part-time Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh.
Title:Pascual de Gayangos: A Nineteenth-Century Spanish ArabistFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 6.42 × 9.29 × 0.79 inPublished:November 3, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0748635475

ISBN - 13:9780748635474