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Title:Nostalgia for al-Andalus in early modern Moroccan 'voyages en Espagne': al-Ghassani's 'Rihlat al-wazir fi iftikak al-asir (1690-91) as a case study
Author:Hermes, Nizar F.
Year:2016
Periodical:The Journal of North African Studies (ISSN 1743-9345)
Volume:21
Issue:3
Pages:433-452
Language:English
Geographic terms:Morocco
Spain
Subjects:literature
Arab culture
precolonial period
memory
Link:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13629387.2015.1098541
Abstract:The present article proposes that we turn our attention to al-Ghassani's (d. 1707) 'Rihlat al-wazir fi iftikaki al-asir' (The journey of the minister to ransom the captive) to trace some of the most original and thought-provoking literary and cultural manifestations of nostalgic/elegiac depictions of al-Andalus in Arabic-Islamic writing in the post-Reconquista era. 'Rih?at al-wazir fi iftikaki alasir', the article argues, abounds with tropes and motifs typical of neoclassical and modern Arabic Andalusiyyat. This is especially true of the section that records the author's physical encounter with al-Andalus. Finally, the author makes the case for additional scholarly exploration of the themes of memory, loss, and nostalgia in other early modern Moroccan 'voyages en Espagne'. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]

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