Sub-Genre: Americas (North, Central, South, West Indies)
Series Title: Middle East Literature in Translation
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Street Date: September 15, 2011
Item Number (DPCI): 247-35-0446
In 1905, the Jesuit scholar Antï¿½n Rabbï¿½t discovered the writings of Elias al-Mï¿½sili in a Jacobite diocese in Aleppo, Syria. Al-Mï¿½sili, a seventeenth-century Arab and a priest of the Chaldean Church, traveled widely across colonial Spanish America, becoming the first person to visit the Americas from Baghdad. Rabbï¿½t transcribed into Arabic and published those portions relating to al-Mï¿½sili's travels. Acclaimed Middle Eastern historian Farah is the first to make these writings available in English translation.