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Orientalism in Louis XIV's France

Nicholas Dew


This book poses the question: before the Enlightenment, and before the imperialism of the later 18th century, how did European readers find out about the varied cultures of Asia? The book presents a history of Oriental studies in 17th-century France (c.1643–1715), mapping the place within the intellectual culture of the period that was given to studies of Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Chinese texts, as well as writings on Mughal India. The Orientalist writers studied here, such as Melchisédech Thévenot, François Bernier, and Barthélemy D'Herbelot, produced books that would become the sources u ... More

Keywords: Oriental studies, history of science, intellectual history, Melchisédech Thévenot, François Bernier, Barthélemy D'Herbelot, Ottoman Empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199234844
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234844.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Dew, author
Assistant Professor, Department of History, McGill University, Canada
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