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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Events and Outreach

Durham Early Modern Group - ‘A Commerce of Knowledge: Trade Religion, and Scholarship between England and the Ottoman Empire, c.1600–1760’

11th November 2020, 17:00 to 18:30, Simon Mills (Newcastle)

In this talk I shall present my (fairly) recently published book A Commerce of Knowledge. The book explores the careers of three generations of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century chaplains to the English Levant Company, and illustrates how English and European ‘Oriental’ and ‘antiquarian’ scholarship can be traced back to the chaplains’ encounters with Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the cosmopolitan city of Ottoman Aleppo. After offering a few case studies from the book, I shall sketch some of its broader arguments about the intersecting histories of erudition, trade, and religion. Finally – in hopes of suggesting some further lines of discussion – I shall point to how the book might help us to rethink some aspects of the now quite substantial historiography on early modern ‘Orientalism’, European–Ottoman relations, and the attempt, more generally, to understand the history of ideas in wider international contexts.

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