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Orientalism in Louis XIV's France$
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Nicholas Dew

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199234844

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234844.001.0001

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The Double Eclipse: François Bernier's Geography of Knowledge

The Double Eclipse: François Bernier's Geography of Knowledge

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(p.131) 3 The Double Eclipse: François Bernier's Geography of Knowledge
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Orientalism in Louis XIV's France
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234844.003.0004

François Bernier (1620–1688) is known to historians of philosophy as a populariser of Gassendi (his former teacher), and to historians of India as a traveller to the Mughal empire who wrote one of the most widely-read travel accounts of the period. The chapter shows how Bernier' s writings reflect the concerns of the intellectual settings in which he moved, both in Paris in the 1650s (the Gassendi group, or the ‘libertins érudits’), and in Mughal India in the 1660s (where he served as a physician to a high-ranking official, Daneshmend Khan). The chapter begins with Bernier's account of two solar eclipses, one in Paris in 1654, the other in Delhi in 1666, which opens his account of Hindu religion.

Keywords:   François Bernier, Mughal empire, travel writing, India, Gassendi, libertins érudits

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