Sir Richard Burton's Travels in Arabia and Africa: Four Lectures from a Huntington Library Manuscript

By: Sir Richard Burton

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Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890)--explorer, linguist, anthropologist--was one of the most fascinating figures of the Victorian era. In 1866, while serving as British consul in Brazil, he presented four lectures on the highlights of his travels in Arabia and Africa. The first two lectures describe the visits Burton made to Medina and Mecca disguised as an Islamic pilgrim. The rites of pilgrimage, framed by the drama of Burton's disguise and its attendant dangers, are described in extensive and sympathetic detail. The next two lectures are dramatic accounts of Burton's journeys to Harar and Dahomey, and of his mission to persuade King Gelele to give up the practice of human sacrifice. The vivid details he presents reveal not only the characteristics of the cultures he encountered but also the prejudices of the culture he represented. Well received by critics when first published in 1990, this volume of lectures is now available in paperback.

Title: Sir Richard Burton's Travels in Arabia and Africa: Four Lectures from a Huntington Library Manuscript

Author: Sir Richard Burton

Categories: History, General, Middle East, Africa,

Publisher: Huntington Library Press: 2005

ISBN Number: 0873282094

ISBN Number 13: 9780873282093

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Fine

Type: Middle East

Seller ID: 143555

Keywords: History, Medina, Mecca, Islamic Pilgrim, Harar, Dahomey, Mission, King Gelele , Human Sacrifice, Muslim, Shrine, Infidel, ,