By David Mandler

ISBN-10: 149853824X

ISBN-13: 9781498538244

This publication frames the interesting lifestyles and influential works of the Hungarian Orientalist, Arminius Vambéry (1832–1913) in the context of 19th century id politics and modern criticisms of Orientalism. in response to vast examine, the booklet authoritatively offers a entire narrative of Arminius Vambéry’s a number of identities as represented in Hungary and in nice Britain. the writer lines Vambéry’s improvement from a marginalized Jewish baby to a well-known authority on Hungarian ethnogenesis in addition to on crucial Asian and Turkish geopolitical advancements. through the booklet, the reader meets Vambéry because the Hungarian vacationer to primary Asia, the British and Ottoman undercover agent, the usually self-taught professor of Oriental languages, the political pundit, and the hugely wanted visitor lecturer in nice Britain recognized for his fierce Russophobe pronouncements. the writer devotes specified recognition to the interval that reworked Vambéry from a linguistically proficient yet penniless Hungarian Jewish early life right into a pioneering visitor within the double-disguise of a Turkish effendi masquerading as a dervish to significant Asia in 1863–64. He does so simply because Vambéry’s released observations of an enviornment nonetheless closed to Europeans facilitated his emergence as a colourful character and an important authority on relevant Asia and Turkey in nice Britain for the subsequent fifty years. additionally, the e-book additionally devotes major area to Vambéry’s dynamic courting to his most famed scholar, Ignác Goldziher (1850–1921), who's thought of to be one of many founders of contemporary Islamic reports. finally, Vambéry’s effect on Bram Stoker, the writer of Dracula, can be explored.

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